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This week, The Louvre closed shop as the Seine burst its banks. Kremlin experts blamed condoms for the spread of HIV. The PGA Tour moved it all to Mexico, to the sound of Trump stomping his gold-plated feet. The world was blessed with its first Emoji Bible. (Verily I say unto you, 😂.) The Lord had mercy, so Grantland rose from the dead as The Ringer. Girl hurricanes proved more deadly than boy ones. And, in Toronto at least, the diligent labors of a zillion ants opened the pretty peonies at last. Now he loves me, now he don’t.

Liftblr is a Tumblr community where shoplifters—or lifters, as they call themselves—come together to celebrate risk as currency. They post photos of hauls, brag about peddling said hauls for profit, tally savings-to-date, proselytize anti-capitalist ideas, trade pro tips, and sympathize with the almost-caught ones. In her piece for GOOD magazine, Tasbeeh Herwees interviews the teen girls who make Liftblr tick and offers up a history of our collective fascination with women who steal

Members of Liftblr feel empowered by a sense of social justice. They reblog Bernie Sanders memes and post anti-racist screeds. When one anonymous user threatens them with “karma,” they turn the thread into a conversation on the cultural appropriation of non-Western concepts. Feminist rhetoric infuses their language. And they’re extremely anti-corporatist. “Shoplifting can be an act of civil disobedience,” writes one user. “If you do get caught, tell them: This is not petty theft. This is non-violent resistance to a violent and oppressive economic system in which we are trapped.”

For Aeon, Holly Root-Gutteridge recounts her study-in-progress on the regional dialects and communication patterns of wolves. In warm and intimate detail, she argues that listening to their mournful or joyous howls can tell us a great deal about the evolution of our own language. 

We’ve waited forever for this Hillary profile.

Ian Bogost has written an elegy for the capital-I Internet that has even us lowercase proponents shedding a tear. Internet, we hardly knew ye.

Hollywood embodies a creative entrepreneurial spirit so deeply ingrained in our collective conscious that we can only measure its full force by taking a step back. For The Atavist, Mitch Moxley looks at the case of a Chinese real estate mogul play-acting a Tinseltown writer/producer

The Walk Free Foundation’s 2016 Global Slavery Index claims that 45.8 million people are held in various forms of modern enslavement—a 28 percent increase on its report of two years ago. Its release coincided with plenty of excellent reporting, among them this Guardian story. (N.B. The foundation isn’t claiming an increase in slavery, but improvements in data collection and research. We can now see the problem more clearly. And it is horrific.) 

For the excellent EnviroSociety blog, Andrew Halter offers some fresh science to counter the long-spun narrative of Haiti’s severe deforestation problems. Looking beyond the well-shared images of an apocalyptic wasteland, he argues that “ground truth” offers a bit more hope for the island than the doom we tend to ascribe to it. Oh and while you’re there, you should also check out Amber Abrams on the problematic politics of “superfoods.”  

Now that Snapchat has passed Twitter in daily users, what’s it mean for news? What it ​should mean is that we’re not meant to be on all the platforms.

Maritime navigation, of the instinctive at-one-with-the-sea sort, is so neat to us. In this (somewhat overwritten but still compelling) piece for The Morning News, Jonathan Gourlay delves into a logbook from a Shetland museum, recounting one 1800s ocean trader’s adventures from the Hebrides to Micronesia—complete with coded messages, a ludicrous punchline, and the story of the mother wave that guides all sailors home.

We really like this newsletter created by Laura Olin, the woman who made Obama famous (basically). She now writes it for The Awl. Never the same, never on time, and never not a surprise, it’s called Everything Changes.

Lucky for @NeinQuarterly, The Economist just profiled his Twitterature. But OP contributor @eliburnstein is trying not to stargaze. 

Here’s some S I M P S O N W A V E for your Friday. Or whatevs.
The Overprint is a weekly newsletter from The Alpine Review. It's put together by Anna DuckworthEli Burnstein, John Di Palma, Patrick Pittman, and Chris Lange.
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