Picasso, Neil deGrasse Tyson and a World Without Smartphones

The Cooler: Your Talking Points for Today

By Ilana Dadras ·
Here’s where we use our Internet-reading abilities to share the latest articles, videos and randomness you need to consume before the day’s out. We call it: The Cooler.

Book It: The 20 finalists for the National Book Awards were announced yesterday. Here’s who made the cut.

Under the Influence: You have Diana Widmaier Picasso to thank for this new exhibition at Paris’s Grand Palais: Picasso Mania, which explores her grandfather’s impact on artists since the ’60s.

Confirmed: Neil deGrasse Tyson can explain literally everything. Including what would happen if Batman and Superman faced off in a cage match.

Just Wait on It: So, Danny Meyer is eliminating all tipping from his lineup of fine  establishments—a move that might make more sense than not.

No Type: In a series called Removed, photographer Eric Pickersgill shows us all what the world looks like without smartphones. It’s... sort of unpleasant.

Last Night Right Here: Trevor Noah addresses news correspondents’ post-debate exhilaration and Kate Winslet discusses why she keeps her Oscar in the bathroom.

Ilana Dadras cannot discern between situations in which sarcasm is and is not appropriate. Her favorite things include mezcal cocktails, Big Sur and writing about herself in the third person.

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