In "Microblergs," I share a quick take.

"Buddhism has found a new institutional home in the West: the corporation" by Judith Hertog and Carolyn Chen in Guernica

A previous tenant left this statue on a fence post in my back yard
Carolyn Chen, sociologist at University of California, Berkeley, wrote a book titled "Work Pray Code." Chen spent five years studying American Buddhism in corporate America, particularly in Silicon Valley, as an appropriative work benefit through meditation sessions and retreats.

Microblerg: "What The Hell Happened To The LA Marathon?" by Adam Conover in Defector

The Downtown Los Angeles Skyline, as seen from Signal Hill

Adam Conover - whose name you may recognize from his excellent series Adam Ruins Everything - wrote in Defector last week about the various failures of design, infrastructure, and financialization in the Los Angeles Marathon. But as an ex-Angelino and non-runner myself, the best parts of the article are less about those things, and more about the motivation behind besting your past-self's milestones, why any on-foot out-and-back is a terrible design, and Adam's always-engaging storytelling.

Microblerg: Mountain Dew Flamin' Hot

The part where it seems like a horrible idea is its appeal.

At first glance, I thought it was just the current special flavor of MTN Dew, some watermelon thing. Once I parsed the logo-text Flamin' Hot, I knew I couldn't not buy it. It was disappointing, but not in the way I expected: it tasted exactly like any other orange soda, but it tickled a bit at the back of my throat. There was no perceptible heat flavor, just the throat sensation, and even that barely built on itself.