Richard Powers’s Bewilderment Is an Exercise in Empathy

The novelist Richard Powers has made a name for himself as a gloriously geeky writer, unafraid of big ideas. Over 12 novels, he has tackled race, religion, identity, politics, music, technology, surveillance, genetics, the environment, and more, often in startling ways. In The Gold Bug Variations, he interwove Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” the four base nucleotides of DNA, and the two pairs of lovers of the plot. In The Echo Maker, he juxtaposed a man’s lost memories and connections with the transcendent echoes animating the great, ancient migrations of the sandhill cranes.

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DR ELLIE CANNON: Why have I suffered such awful menopause symptoms for six years?

Why have I suffered such awful menopause symptoms for six years? DR ELLIE CANNON answers your questions
By Dr Ellie Cannon for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 17:01 EDT, 21 August 2021 | Updated: 17:23 EDT, 21 August 2021

Since going through the menopause six years ago, I have suffered non-stop, unbearable symptoms. The doctor prescribed a number of medications to help, including hormone replacement therapy. I also see a private doctor who checked my hormone levels and offered more oestrogen in cream form and testosterone.

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A Postal Worker Filed Three OSHA Complaints about COVID Protections. She Got 6 Weeks in the Hospital Instead.

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Last November, just as Minnesota was suffering through a punishing wave of COVID-19, managers at a St. Paul U.S. Postal Service distribution center allowed employees to hold a going-away party in the building.

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A Postal Worker Filed Three OSHA Complaints about COVID Protections. She Got 6 Weeks in the Hospital Instead.

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Last November, just as Minnesota was suffering through a punishing wave of COVID-19, managers at a St. Paul U.S. Postal Service distribution center allowed employees to hold a going-away party in the building.

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A Postal Worker Filed Three OSHA Complaints about COVID Protections. She Got 6 Weeks in the Hospital Instead.

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Last November, just as Minnesota was suffering through a punishing wave of COVID-19, managers at a St. Paul U.S. Postal Service distribution center allowed employees to hold a going-away party in the building.

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Hot girl culture is whatever you want it to be

My jaw clench is back. It was around during the week of the election, in that several-day stretch where the poor CNN guy had to point at the same map for 72 straight hours. It returned in the lead-up to my birthday party, and now it’s back and I’m not really sure why, which is its own kind of anxiety. But that’s okay, because on the internet, I can tweet something like “hot girls have bruxism” and maybe get 50 or so likes.

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Salon workers are holding on to their masks, and not just because of Covid-19

Stylist Michele Ortiz has no plans to get rid of her personal protective equipment, even as Covid-19 protocols are rescinded in California and other states. “I would love to see hairdressers wearing their masks even after the pandemic, whenever all of this subsides,” Ortiz says.
For years, the California hairstylist experienced nosebleeds, lightheadedness, hot flashes, and rosacea as a result of the harsh chemicals used in hair color services.

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My Wife’s New, Extremely Strange Reaction to Sex Has Me Puzzled

How to Do It is Slate’s sex advice column. Have a question? Send it to Stoya and Rich here. It’s anonymous!
Dear How to Do It,
I’m a man who is in a decadeslong love affair with my wife. Many years later, we still have a really great sex life. Not bragging, just setting the scene. The issue is simple: Starting about a year ago, inexplicably, she began complaining that when I came during intercourse, my semen felt “like fire” inside her. It’s unpleasant enough that I’ve started pulling out before finishing.

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DR ELLIE CANNON: My hair is thinning… could it be caused by heartburn medicine?

DR ELLIE CANNON: My hair is thinning… could it be caused by heartburn medicine?
By Dr Ellie Cannon for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 17:07 EDT, 8 May 2021 | Updated: 17:08 EDT, 8 May 2021

I am 62 and have been on the heartburn medication omeprazole for six years, ever since being diagnosed with a hiatus hernia. Over the past few years my hair has been thinning – could it be the drug causing it? My GP says it’s not likely, but I’ve read that it is a side effect.

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DR ELLIE CANNON: My hair is thinning… could it be caused by heartburn medicine?

DR ELLIE CANNON: My hair is thinning… could it be caused by heartburn medicine?
By Dr Ellie Cannon for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 17:07 EDT, 8 May 2021 | Updated: 17:08 EDT, 8 May 2021

I am 62 and have been on the heartburn medication omeprazole for six years, ever since being diagnosed with a hiatus hernia. Over the past few years my hair has been thinning – could it be the drug causing it? My GP says it’s not likely, but I’ve read that it is a side effect.

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