Nonfiction: Come-Ons, Takedowns and Insults: What It’s Like to Write Comedy as a Woman

Nell Scovell Emily Berl for The New York Times JUST THE FUNNY PARTS . . . And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys’ Club By Nell Scovell Illustrated. 311 pp. Dey St./Morrow. $27.99. On the first day that Nell Scovell arrived at her office as a writer on “Late Night With …

The ‘Trust’ Equation: Wealth and Power Equals Misery

“Trust,” the new series coming to FX, deals with the 1973 kidnapping of the teenage grandson (Harris Dickinson) of the magnate J. Paul Getty Sr. (Donald Sutherland). The recent film “All the Money in the World” also focused on the kidnapping. Oliver Upton/FX SANTA MONICA, Calif. — “Money. Sex. Violence. Kidnapping.” Donald Sutherland, looking meditative …

Brian Eno Wants to Take You ‘Inside the Music’

Brian Eno is among the prominent musicians exploring the artistic potential of immersive technologies developed primarily for the video game industry.CreditHerman Wouters for The New York Times AMSTERDAM — Little colored bubbles float ever higher, growing larger as they rise toward the sky. People drift into a circle of six towering screens, wearing high-tech 3-D …

Hashtag Open House

Influencers in Los Angeles and New York are saving us from dreary old open houses. Maybe you can get some cheap rent out of your Snapchat? The Instagram influencer Ayla Woodruff, center, and Adrew Seally, right, get into pillow fight with models. At this open house, setups were created to encourage social media posting.CreditAdam Amengual …

Lens: Pride and Self-Love in the L.G.B.T.Q. African Diaspora

lens Olave, a non-binary queer Burundian, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.CreditMikael Owunna When Mikael Owunna returned to his family’s home in Pittsburgh after finishing a Fulbright Fellowship in Taiwan, it was unsettling. He and his family were originally from Nigeria, where gay Africans like him were scorned and mistreated. While grappling with long suppressed anxiety and …

Self-driving Uber kills Arizona woman in first fatal autonomous car crash

An autonomous Uber car killed a woman in the street in Arizona, police said, in what appears to be the first reported fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian in the US. Tempe police said the self-driving car was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash and that the vehicle hit …

Boris Johnson’s miasma of evasion is straight out of the Putin playbook | Suzanne Moore

In the swirl of disinformation that infects global politics, it is good to hold on to the truth, to ground ourselves slightly. This is a story we tell ourselves. There are places where no one bothers to differentiate between truth and lies; other places. Such as Russia, where there is the facade of a democratic …

Wide range of drugs affect growth of gut microbes, study says

A wide range of drugs from cancer therapies to antipsychotics affect the growth of microbes that are found in our gut, researchers say, highlighting that it is not only antibiotics that can have an impact on our internal flora. These microbes, whose genes taken together are known as the gut microbiome, play an important role …

Climate change soon to cause mass movement, World Bank warns

Climate change will result in a massive movement of people inside countries and across borders, creating “hotspots” where tens of millions pour into already crowded slums, according to the World Bank. More than 140m people in just three regions of the developing world are likely to migrate within their native countries between now and 2050, …