I’d also encourage you to check out The Times on Snapchat, where some of our North Korea coverage is proving to be especially well read by younger readers in Australia, the U.S. and Canada.

Below (as usual) you’ll find some other reports in The Times that piqued my interest this week, plus some music recommendations from my Australian colleagues.

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Donkeys and cattle being herded a rescue worker through a neighborhood west of Houston.

Andrew Burton for The New York Times

Our Guide to Harvey

Overwhelmed by the news from Texas and Louisiana since the storm once known as Hurricane Harvey made landfall? Here’s an overview of The Times’s latest coverage. It’s one of several guides we’ve started producing to help readers manage the full scope of our coverage of big news events.



Tim Cook, center, the chief executive of Apple, in Austin, Tex., last week.

Brooks Kraft/Apple


Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, had breakfast with our DealBook columnist, Andrew Ross Sorkin — not to talk about technology, but about democracy and responsibility. “The reality is that government, for a long period of time, has for whatever set of reasons become less functional, and isn’t working at the speed that it once was,” he told Andrew. “And so it does fall, I think, not just on business but on all other areas of society to step up.”



Illustration by Renaud Vigourt

Big Dude Tennis

Is professional tennis becoming like basketball, where only the super tall can survive and thrive? Maybe. Just ask Martina Hingis. Or any of the men on tour who are not quite gigantic. While we’re at it, don’t forget to follow live updates on the U.S. Open from our talented tennis writers.



Patricia Wall/The New York Times

Book Love

Check out this profile of Gabriel Tallent,whose “My Absolute Darling” is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated debut novels of the year. The piece cites a rare ringing endorsement from Stephen King: “When I read it the first thing I thought was, I couldn’t do this, and I’ve been doing it for 40 years.”


… And We Recommend

As I’ve been traveling a lot recently, I’ve been diving into music again with input from my savvy Australian colleagues. Two Australian artists are worming their way into my ears:

Methyl Ethel. This was part of the playlist that Brook Mitchell, a Sydney photographer, played as we drove to meet Clinton Pryor in southern New South Wales. There’s a melancholy energy to it that seemed to work well for a pre-dawn drive.

Jen Cloher. Tacey Rychter, our audience growth editor (who just got engaged to Will Cuming a.k.a., LANKS, a Melbourne musician who layers ethereal vocals over electronica) suggested this one. Jen is Courtney Barnett’s partner and her new album reminded me a bit of Lou Reed, but updated, and Aussie.

What else should I be listening to? Send your new musical favorites (Australian or not) to [email protected] with a sentence about why you love them, and I’ll include a few selections in my next newsletter.

One more thing: Here’s our monthly guide to Netflix Australia. I’m still catching up with “Game of Thrones” so no new shows for me!

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