We hope that everyone had a relaxing holiday season. Here are the first links of the new year.
Phil Everly, one half of the famous California rock duo The Everly Brothers, passed away yesterday. [New York Times]
Nobel Prize winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa writes about authoritarianism and the internet over at The New Republic. [The New Republic]
The New Yorker, for this weekend only, has decided to pull the Don Dellillo short story “Midnight in Dostoevsky” out of its archive. [The New Yorker]
Negotiations begin in South Sudan in the hopes of stemming the violence that has wracked the country [CNN]
Lindsay Beyerstein writes about the new abortion laws in Texas and the consequences that they will have on the state. [Al Jazeera America]
In Tel Aviv, tens of thousands of African migrants join in protest. [Haaretz]
Lastly, for those who enjoy McSweeney’s or The Paris Review, the two have come together with a temporary offer to subscribe to both for a bundle price lower than an individual subscription to either magazine, which is pretty cool. [The Paris Review]