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Gunfire erupts at a school, leaders offer prayers, children are buried, repeat: “Deadly shootings in schools — that is, the killing of children in sanctuaries of learning — have become a distinctly American ritual, the rote responses as familiar as a kindergarten recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.” (The New York Times)

The mystery of Amy Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama: “And yet this is how the subject would like posterity—young black girls especially, she said in a speech—to see her, through Sherald’s vision: as a herald of success.” (The New Yorker)

Lindsey Vonn on her (most likely) final Olympics: “For most Olympic athletes, whose popularity is often rooted in patriotism, wading into political waters can be a frightening prospect, one that has the potential to scare off the sponsorship opportunities that crop up once a quadrennium and vanish shortly after the cauldron is extinguished.” (The Guardian)

Meet Barbara Jatta, the first woman director of the Vatican Museums: “Jatta, 55, the only woman in a field of male candidates, became an unwitting feminist symbol as the highest-ranking female administrator in a country state where the senior positions have traditionally been assumed by cardinals and bishops.” (Vogue)

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