David A. Graham, The Atlantic (9/25)
Speaker of the House John Boehner announced his resignation from congress today, which is also the day after Pope Francis visited congress. There were, predictably, many news stories and think pieces on both of these events, but in place of a longread, here is a collection of Vines in which John Boehner does weird John Boehner-y things. Including crying behind the Pope.
Leighann Morris, Hope&Fears (9/23)
Finally, someone has actually investigated the weird, upsetting trend of absent, missing, and dead parents in Disney films. As someone who was traumatized by Mufasa's death in The Lion King at age five, and tear up at the mere thought of Dumbo's mom in a cage, this common thread has bothered me for a long time. Bless you, Leighann Morris of Hopes&Fears for looking into this.
Alana Massey, Aeon (9/24)
Before the days of Twitter and Gmail, we were posted to Myspace, socialized in AOL chatrooms, and shared our deepest secrets with Livejournal without a care in the world. It didn't occur to us to delete ourselves. Most of us have abandoned our early internet content to be left unsupervised. Can we be traced back to our online origins? Is there an archive of our pasts floating somewhere beyond Google's reach? Alana Massey considers what it means for memory, nostalgia, and data to be intertwined in this piece for Aeon.