Morning Ritual — 4.25.22
What are we supposed to do right now?
It’s easy to be disgusted by Warhol, by an entire lifetime of deathgrip hipness.
Get rid of plot.
What goes extinct while grazing on memory’s lawn in the sun?
For adolescents ages 10 to 19, emergency room visits for self-harm jumped 88% from 2001 to 2019.
What makes the crisis so perplexing is that, by some behavioral measures, high schoolers are doing a lot better than they used to. Cigarette use has plunged. Binge drinking is down. The use of illicit drugs, such as OxyContin, has nose-dived over the past few decades. So has the teen birthrate. The public health threats for teens that were top-of-mind in previous decades have given way to a slew of new risks that may work together — and reinforce each other — in ways researchers are still trying to understand.
Do You Hear The People Sing?
It’s official: We’re living in the golden age of sweatpants.