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Thank Goodness It’s Freedom

The Slate Plus Digest for July 7.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin speak during their meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday.

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Plus! Hello! For such a short week—Tuesday holidays, am I right?—there was definitely a lot of scary foreign policy stuff. Good thing that’s over, huh? TGIF! Here’s some weekend reading.

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In 2015, Jessica Winter wrote about being a little kid obsessed with Late Night With David Letterman and in doing so reminded us just how weird that show was:

The cramped and shabby set, where grizzled stagehands and rumpled young producers milled around uneasily at the margins, appeared to be a space created specifically for strange people cultivating solitary enthusiasms.

It’s a lovely tribute to oddball kids everywhere and a taste of what life was like for them before the internet. Things are less lonely for many such kids now, but as Jessica’s piece makes clear, we used to make a virtue of that loneliness, and it’s natural that we miss it a little. Thanks for your Slate Plus membership, which is a great help in these troubled times. See you next week.

Gabriel Roth
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