Out this week: Clock Dance by Anne Tyler; The Seas by Samantha Hunt; The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen; An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim; A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen; Early Work by Andrew Martin; Interior by Thomas Clerc; and My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh.
Thanks to recent advancements in digital scanning technology, it looks like the Herculaneum scrolls will be made legible after some two thousand years. The new technique allows for close study of the scrolls without causing irreparable damage to the papyrus via exposure to the moisture in the air, an issue which had dogged scholars for centuries. If the impermanence and tenuousness of writing is more your speed, here’s a bit on Twitter, instead.
In a time of crisis, any decision is better than no decision at all. That line–credited to Theodore Roosevelt–is pop conventional wisdom. An excellent piece at Aeon explores the full implications of the line, and may just convince you that your next impossible choice should be made by a soothsayer, a lottery, or a flipped coin.