Did you ever see a tree cry? Its tears are paper napkins. A proper host doesn’t make guests dab their mouths with swatches of the ozone layer. Thank goodness for cloth napkins—little squares of color that double as ascots or penalty flags. Whatever you do, don’t use ShamWows. Yes, they absorb spills, but also facial hair, dignity, and eyes.

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam for Dwell
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If you remove all the empty space from an atom, you can put the world’s population into something the size of a sugar cube.

GZA, aka “The Genius,” the rapper and wordsmith at the core of the Wu Tang Clan, has a new title: lecturer. This week, he spoke at Harvard about (predictably) music and creativity but also (less predictably) science.

[The Dinner Party]

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