The Angle

The Angle: No Room Edition

Slate’s daily newsletter on Fats Domino, black soldiers, and a housing crisis for the poorest.

Community activist Elizabeth Blaney, interviewed in front of the apartment block where the landlord has increased some rentals by as much as $800, August 3, 2017 in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. 

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Nowhere to rent: A new report shows that the poorest among us are having a very hard time finding housing. Henry Grabar points out that the problem is comprehensive: A lack of apartments for middle-income residents slides everyone down the scale, ultimately squeezing the people at the bottom.

This goes deep: There’s a long history of national disrespect for black service members, Jamelle Bouie writes. The president’s poor treatment of La David Johnson’s family isn’t accidental.

R.I.P.: Fats Domino, a real fixture of New Orleans, died on Wednesday. Jordan Hirsch remembers a man with boundless love for his city.

In decline: We think the New Yorker’s covers are far too thirsty lately. Matthew Dessem conducts a scientific investigation and finds out it’s all true.

For fun: Some kitchen tricks.

That canola-for-frying one is real,