Hello, Friends. How are you? I had a really lovely trip to North Carolina this week. Ben Blair and I spent a few days in The Triangle (the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area). It’s SO GREEN. And the food is SO GOOD. The shot above was taken at West Point at the Eno River.

We’re home now and I’ve got lots of Alt Summit deadlines happening. For example: 1) A fresh new website launched this week. 2) Tickets for the 2020 conference go on sale on Tuesday. And 3) I’ve got a site visit to Palm Springs early next week to go over venue spaces.

What’s on your plate these days? Anything you’re excited about? Has the heat wave hit your area? How do you handle it? Ready for the link list? Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

This article argues the future of cities is childless, because raising a family in the city is just too hard. Agree?

-“Women clean up because fashion allows it.” Lots to think about in this article about women and the handbags they carry.

-Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than anybody knew. (NYT)

On eating the same thing every day in order to establish some predictability in your life.

-Most apartment building in the U.S. used to come in the form of small buildings like duplexes and four-plexes. Today almost nothing like that gets built (which is bad for everyone but a select few mega-developers).

-Hah!Sandwiches with pickles as bread. I am fully on board.

-“Students not only expected female professors to grant their special favor requests but were more inclined to make the requests, be irritated or disappointed if the professor denied the requests, and persist in asking for favors after being denied.”

-Woah. This is a wild story — A Father, a Daughter, and the Attempt to Change the Census.

-On my trip this week I was reminded that I don’t have a good solution for managing my tech cords and chargers. This option gets good reviews. Do you have a solution you recommend?

-When she was 9, Nora decided to test the volume of hand dryers and find out if they were detrimental to kids’ hearing. (Turns out they are!)

-If multiracial democracy cannot be defended in America, it will not be defended elsewhere.

The ideal age for a first cell phone.

-Hey Bay Area friends, my sister Jordan is selling everything before her big move. Her Oh Happy Day Studio Sale ends this weekend.

I hope you enjoy your weekend! I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.