The Angle

The Angle: Not Much Help Edition

Slate’s daily newsletter on Jordan Peterson as therapist, “This Is America” as song, and the trouble with Amazon’s charity.

Girls toddler clothes are pictured inside a former motel building owned by Amazon that it offered to the non profit Mary's Place to use as a temporary shelter for homeless women and their families in Seattle, Washington on May 4, 2016. 
        According to the non profit, Marys Place is a temporary emergency family nightshelter housing up to 60 families each night, including pets. Mary's place helps homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. / AFP / Jason Redmond        (Photo credit should read JASON REDMOND/AFP/Getty Images)
Stored children’s clothes pictured inside a former motel building owned by Amazon that it offered to the nonprofit Mary’s Place to use as a temporary shelter for homeless women and their families, in Seattle on May 4, 2016.
JASON REDMOND/Getty Images

Such a hassle: Amazon’s donations to the Seattle nonprofit Mary’s Place sometimes do more harm than good, said several employees who spoke to April Glaser. Why can’t the logistics giant do a better job coordinating with the shelter so its gifts don’t become a burden?

Well, this is no good: Jonathan Foiles looks at the recent New York Times profile of Jordan Peterson and points out that, among other things, Peterson seems to be a terrible therapist—imposing his politics and reinforcing his patients’ paranoid worldview.

Unprecedented: Childish Gambino’s song “This Is America” launched with an extremely provocative and popular video. Chris Molanphy can’t think of another time that an explicitly political song hit No. 1 on the charts after its video dominated the cultural conversation.

For fun: What if A Quiet Place were a musical?

Very inappropriate,

Rebecca