THIS WEEK’S TOP POSTS

In India, Cows Are Sacred, Women Are Dispensable
by @reddymadhavan
Since the December gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a Delhi bus, the news out of India has only gotten worse. Reddy Madhavan says traditional Indian culture — in which “sons are wealth and daughters are a burden” — is to blame. Read her firsthand account of how hard it is to be a woman in the country’s capital.

Simplicity and Innovation
by @Irene_Etzkorn
What do you get when you multiply one buzzword by another? In this case, “breakthrough simplicity,” according to Irene Etzkorn and Alan Siegel in their new book, Simple. As they show with Southwest Airlines, the more complex the industry, the more it can benefit from a cleanup. (Also, check out their Google case study, and then contribute your own simplicity stories.)

I Accidentally Bought a Banksy in 2003
by @amandapey
Her sophomore year of college, Amanda Peyton pulled up allposters.com and bought an unknown artist’s print for her dorm room wall. That artist was Banksy — the mystery man who eventually brought graffiti off the street and into the gallery. Peyton’s poster is now valued in the five figures, but fair warning: She’s not selling.

INTERNET VS. INTERNET

Internet users are frustrated with the Internet. Submitted this week for complaint department review are passwords (“I long for a future in which I can safely assume my passwords are stolen”), URLs (“Immutable URLs”), and, now that you mention it, Medium (“What will this Medium post look like in two years?”).

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