What We Loved This Week, Aug. 14 – 20

Woodstock’s anniversary, Cambodia’s child boxers, literary feasts brought to life, Taiwan’s mushroom rocks, and when punk ruled New York.

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Rolling Stone Photographer Looks Back On Woodstock On Its 47th Anniversary

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As the summer of ’69 enters middle age, the first Rolling Stone staff photographer looks back on an event whose weight eluded everyone — including its own attendees.

“Like a bee is attracted to a flower, the people couldn’t resist,” photographer Baron Wolman told Slate via email. “For me, the moment I encountered that enormous stage and a crowd of untold thousands, I was literally blown away. I had never, ever experienced anything like it. Nobody had.”

Wolman went through around 30 rolls of black-and-white film documenting the festival, Slate writes. Immortalized within those rolls are moments of pure exuberance — Santana bows to his audience of thousands; lean, long-haired men and women strip down to cool off in a lake while bandana-clad concert goers disappear amid the fields.

We may never have another Woodstock — and furthermore, we may not want to — but these photos provide a glimpse back to the summer of ’69, forever young.

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The High And Lows Of Whoonga, Africa’s Brutal New Street Drug

One day last July, South African photographer Mujahid Safodien followed a few local addicts as they scored their dose, injected it, crashed, started a fire to stay warm in the abandoned building they were squatting in, then finally got up and walked off, out to do the same thing all over again:

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Your Hands And Feet Evolved Directly From Fish Fins, New Study Reveals

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Wikimedia CommonsA rendering of Tiktaalik, a now extinct species that lived 375 million years ago and may be the evolutionary link between water-dwelling creatures and the very first land-dwelling creatures. Neil H. Shubin — one of the researchers involved in a new study on how fish fins evolved into tetrapod limbs — was instrumental in the discovery of Tiktaalik.

New research demonstrates that the evolutionary antecedent of human hands and feet is actually the fish fin.

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