Suggested Readings: Plastic and Salt, Memory and Punishment, Nazis and Medievalists

JSTOR Daily Suggested Readings

Well-researched stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. Brought to you each Tuesday from the editors of JSTOR Daily.

The plastic we eat (The Guardian)
by Jessica Glenza
Want some plastic microfibers with your sea salt? Chances are, you’re getting them. A new study shows just how pervasive plastic contamination is.

The politics of memory in campus sexual assault (The Atlantic)
by Emily Yoffe
Colleges have been struggling to address sexual assaults on campus. But some methods they’ve adopted are built on questionable psychological models.

When Nazis read your papers (Pacific Standard)
by David M. Perry
What do you do when some of your fans are outspoken Nazis? That’s a question for Taylor Swift, and also for medieval studies scholars.

Laying the blame for climate change (New Republic)
by Emily Atkin
Climate change is a huge, complicated issue. But a new study clarifies one important point. It finds that just 90 big carbon producers, including major oil companies, are responsible for as much as 50 percent of the rise in global temperatures since 1880.

What’s so great about Freud? (New York Magazine)
by Cody Delistraty
Nearly every idea Sigmund Freud proposed has been debunked by modern research. And yet, it’s hard to go a day without hearing someone mention daddy issues, a Freudian slip, or phallic symbols. What keeps us coming back to the father of psychoanalysis?

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