Five Things #35

Sand Castles by Adam-Troy Castro takes a little bit of time to really get going, but once it does this story of a failed drunk finding a place for herself in a mythic world is really rather moving.

J.K. Rowling has found herself subjected to some appalling abuse and vitriol over the past week or so, much of it based on second- and third-hand reinterpretations of what she may or may not have said or meant. On her own site, J.K. Rowling writes about her reasons for speaking out on sex and gender issues.

Going without sleep for too long is fatal but scientists haven’t known why. Veronique Greenwood looks at newly published research which suggests that the answer lies in an unexpected part of the body.

Remember Brexit? It’s still not done and Chris Grey points out that Brexit Britain risks heading to international pariahdom.

Esther Addley explores the madcap world of marble racing.