“The question is why the relationship is changing so quickly right now. For America’s newest adopters, a dog can be many things: a dry run for parenthood, a way of putting down roots when traditional milestones feel out of reach, an enthusiastic housemate for people likely to spend stretches of their 20s and 30s living alone. An even more primary task, though, is helping soothe the psychic wounds of modern life.” Amanda Mull in The Atlantic: Why So Many Millennials Are Obsessed With Dogs. (Because they’re used to following others and having to deal with the shit they left behind?)

+ McSweeney’s: Are You Allowed to Criticize Simone Biles?: A Decision Tree.