Beware Of The Food That Isn’t Food


"Chris van Tulleken refuses to tell me what to have for breakfast. 'Everyone thinks that I have a strong opinion about what they should eat,' he tells me, as I hesitate between the eggs benedict and the full English. 'And I have almost no opinion.'

Now, this isn’t quite true." (The Atlantic)

King Charles’s Absurd, Awe-Inspiring Coronation

King Charles in his gold coach

"If the coronation proved anything, it’s that a great number of people in Britain are incredibly talented, albeit at skills that were last useful in the 18th century. Did you know, for example, that there are such things as “drum horses,” which the riders steer with reins attached to their feet? We’ve also got heraldic trumpeters, master embroiderers, and someone who can fix the suspension on a gold coach. If you need a “unicorn pursuivant” at short notice, Britain has you covered." (The Atlantic)

The Only Way Out of the Child-Gender Culture War

A clinic waiting room

"I believe that these bans on child transition are unhelpful, illiberal, and in many cases disturbingly punitive—and I say that as someone with serious reservations about the most influential model of child gender care in America." (The Atlantic)

The Magic Kingdom of Ron DeSantis

"Somehow Florida, a state that bills itself as the home of the ornery and the resistant, the obstinate and the can’t-be-trodden-on, the libertarian and the government-skeptic, has fallen for the most keenly authoritarian governor in the United States." (The Atlantic)

The Internet Loves an Extremophile

The YouTube logo on a box of matches

"Many other corners of the internet are full of serial enthusiasts who have pinballed from one ideology to another, believing in each one deeply as they go. These flexible evangelists are perfectly suited to becoming online gurus. They believe, and they need to preach." (The Atlantic)

The New Gurus

From productivity hackers to dating coaches, from crypto bros to wellness influencers, when did the internet get taken over by gurus? Helen Lewis investigates. (BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds)