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Rock Never Dies—But It Does Get Older and Wiser

Updated at 9:22 a.m. ET on July 2, 2022.This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here.It’s been a week full of ghastly revelations and depressing events, so let’s step away from the stress of politics and think about music heading into this holiday weekend.But first, here are three great stories from The Atlantic.

A Portrait of the Artist Who Never Makes Art

We encounter Bran, the narrator of Nell Zink’s new novel, Avalon, just as she leaves a party where something pivotal and distressing has happened to her. We know that it is pivotal because we immediately cut back in time to Bran’s childhood, and much of the novel becomes an inexorable march toward that fateful night. We also have some warning that the account we are about to hear is a fragile memory: “I have trouble recounting my childhood in chronological order.

Meet the Dutch Doctor Helping Expand Abortion Access by Mailing Safe & Legal Pills Worldwide

As activists across the U.S. are mobilizing to defend reproductive rights, we speak to the Dutch physician Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, who has dedicated her life to circumventing anti-abortion laws, including providing abortions on ships in international waters and sending abortions pills around the world. She also discusses navigating censorship on social media platforms, telemedicine, the future of contraception and more.

For the love of books

Writing about a love of reading can feel like preaching to the choir. After all, most people who sit down to read such a thing (probably) like reading enough as a baseline to bother … Well, reading. But I still feel there is no solace quite like a book. It feels trite to say we’re in difficult times, but again, it feels true to say that books have been helping me keep a sense of stability and relief while so many of us are under so much stress.

A cold drink for a crisis in 10 easy steps

This weekend, if you’re milling about the kitchen or backyard as America celebrates its Independence Day and you find yourself feeling, well, a little put off because the Supreme Court has decided you no longer have bodily autonomy, I offer you the following concoction to take the edge off. 

And if you don’t drink, congrats and I support you in your sobriety! This is for those of us who need this right now:

Disclaimer: Do not drink and drive.

Connect! Unite! Act! The Supreme Court and Republicans want to make voting pointless

Every election I attend, I leave the office with a nice sticker that says “I Voted!”, a reminder that I participated in the process. There were a few years when I didn’t get a sticker—instead I received a lollipop (not kidding), or a pen. The pens were nice, the lollipops were decent. All of them were meant as a reminder that participating in the American experiment truly meant something.

Daily Space: The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules

It’s going to be hard to go very far with a regular series featuring objects in deep space without mentioning Charles Messier. Because between 1771 and 1784, Messier did something that keeps his name almost constantly on the lips of both backyard and professional astronomers today.

Messier was born in northern France in 1730, where his father held the totally important job of being a “court usher.

What Lies Behind That ‘No Trespass’ Sign

I always pined for the wide open, though I grew up in suburban Maryland, hemmed in by private land and no trespass signs. Even as a boy, one with his nose in books, I knew that the East had not always been so parceled into private fiefdoms. In fact, it had once been a place where anyone could roam, more open than the West is today.

The January 6 Committee Is Going to Have the Final Word

During its astonishing Tuesday hearing about Donald Trump’s actions on the day of January 6, the House select committee investigating the insurrection made clear that the integrity of its work is under threat. “The same people who drove the former president’s pressure campaign to overturn the election are now trying to cover up the truth about January 6,” warned committee chair Bennie Thompson.

The Accidental Trumpification of NATO

If Donald Trump returns to power in 2025, he will find a world starkly different from the one he tried to construct while president. All hopes of normalizing relations with Russia have been obliterated in the slaughter of Ukraine. China is more powerful than ever. Iran is closer to acquiring nuclear weapons. And Kim Jong Un is still behaving like Kim Jong Un.But, in a narrow yet important sense, the world has become more Trumpian since he left office.