@Snowden Storm, Musical Muse, and Forgetting Faces

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Edward Snowden joined Twitter yesterday (as @Snowden, of course). He followed the NSA, had a conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson, and accumulated almost over 1 million followers in less than 24 hours. Check out our Storify summary of his first interactions.

Some writers require a soundtrack to their work. Music may propel words onto the page or shape what’s written. For other writers, music and writing simply don’t mix — only silence will do. Read Jacob Lambert’s perspective on music as muse. (The Millions)

Have you been reading Oliver Sacks’ The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat? Or been having trouble remembering the new person in the office? It turns out that humans’ ability to recognize faces is highly developed — and highly heritable. (New Scientist) •

Maren Larsen is the associate editor of The Smart Set. She is a digital journalism student, college radio DJ, and outdoor enthusiast.

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