It’s hot, you guys. And if you’re brave enough to sit by the pool or on the beach, it’s probably not for long. Certainly not long enough to immerse yourself in a full-length book, but probably just the right amount of time to start and finish any of these eight terrific articles. Quick and fun, they’ll provide you with tons of small-talk fodder.

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IF YOU’RE TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT ONLY DUDE LATE-NIGHT HOSTS...

Read about how Samantha Bee successfully crashed the boys’ club. (Rolling Stone)

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IF YOU’RE TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT ONLY DUDE CODERS...

Read a women’s history of Silicon Valley that looks beyond all the tech bros. (Backchannel)

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If you still don’t understand Pokémon Go...

Read a step-by-step explainer about how and why it got so popular so quickly. (Tech Crunch)

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If you’re an art fanatic...

Read a fascinating and kind of sad story about artist Chuck Close’s strange second act. (The New York Times Magazine)

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The New Yorker

If you’re never not listening to music...

Read about the omnipresence of headphones in today’s society. (The New Yorker)

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If you’re never not reading romance novels...

Read about why what you read matters more than you might think. (Quartz)

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If you consider yourself a foodie...

Read about Momofuku chef David Chang’s “Unified Theory of Deliciousness." (Wired)

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If you cringe every time you log onto Facebook...

Read about why you’re probably being too dismissive of people who don’t share your opinions. (Medium)

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