Also in the Atlantic, Yair Rosenberg rated Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s anti-Semitic rant on Covid: “Kennedy is a conspiracy theorist, and the arc of conspiracy is short and bends toward the Jews.” (Rhoda Leichter, Pacific Palisades, California)

In The New Yorker, Susan Orleans conducted a fun, incisive tour of cookware come and gone: “The graveyard of kitchen gadgets is wide and deep, littered with the domestic equivalent of white dwarf stars that blazed with astonishing luminosity for a moment and then deteriorated into cosmic junk.” (Ray Smith, Lutz, Fla.)

In The New York Review of Books, Jessica Riskin rated the limits of a new kind of student shortcut: “My assistants and I became experienced at sniffing out AI-generated essays with their flat, featureless feel, the literary equivalent of fluorescent light.” (Paul Ansell, Tampa Bay, Fla.)

In The Los Angeles Times, Justin Chang managed, in his review of “Barbie,” to refer to its pink-and-purple palette and its opening the same weekend as “Oppenheimer” in the same sentence: “I must point out the existence of Emma Mackey as Physicist Barbie, who is supposed discovered the secrets of nuclear fuchsia.” (Bob Meadow, Los Angeles) That review also had an aptly playful title that made a rhyming reference to the film’s stars, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling: “With Robbie in pink and Gosling in mink, ‘Barbie’ (wink) will do.” you think.”

And in The Wall Street Journal, Jason Gay rated Carlos Alcaraz’s victory over Novak Djokovic in an epic five-set showdown at Wimbledon noting Djokovic’s supernatural stamina. “There may not be a more difficult opponent to close in sports,” Gay wrote, adding: “Even after you beat Djokovic, you should go to the scorer and get the result in writing, just to confirm.” (Barbara Gaynes, Harrison, NY)

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