The Weekly Stripe – 16.02.18

This week’s reads are about simplicity, choice and whether we want it

On how working within constraints breeds creativity in the arts

Stanford’s David Labaree on how essay structures stifle creative thinking

The ‘topless Tongan’ Pita Taufatofua keeps his training basic

The New Zealand school that did away with rules

Masha Gessen on choice and resistance under authoritarian regimes