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Our Picks

The Babysitters Club
Apps like Seamless and Yelp listen in on our adult lives, then speak to us like children. "We’re in the middle of a decade of post-dignity design, whose dogma is cuteness."
Author: Jesse Barron
Published: July 27, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3029 words)
“There’s nothing good in cooking, but there are no other options.”
Inside the women-owned restaurants of Yida, South Sudan’s largest — and most tenuous — refugee settlement
Author: Sandra Zhao
Source: Eater
Published: Aug. 17, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3385 words)
A Swarm of Controversy
In their struggle for survival against killer mites, bees get an unlikely ally: Monsanto.
Source: Wired
Published: Aug. 26, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4359 words)
‘Exposure Is Bullshit’: Who Should Get Paid for Live Storytelling Events?

Rick Paulas on the thin margins of the IRL economy.

Author: Rick Paulas
Source: Longreads
Published: Aug. 29, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2986 words)
The Uber Killer: The Real Story of One Night of Terror
Heath takes us through a careful account of the night a 45-year-old Uber driver named Jason Dalton murdered six people in Kalamazoo, Michigan while picking up fares. Dalton's motives that night are baffling.
Author: Chris Heath
Source: GQ
Published: Aug. 22, 2016
Length: 41 minutes (10446 words)
The Spectacle of Crime: On Detectives, Mysteries, and Dead Girls
A reading list about fictional detectives and the authors who mastermind their literary crime-solving, as well as real-life detectives searching for the truth.
Author: Emily Perper
Source: Longreads
Published: Aug. 29, 2016
Why a Control State Liquor Store Might Be Your Best Bet for Finding Rare and Interesting Spirits
To many liquor aficionados, living in a what's called an "alcohol beverage control" state like Oregon, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire versus a privatized state means a bureaucratic stranglehold that limits access and options, but as one reporter shows, in some cases, government control benefits those seeking usual or high-end spirits. And no, he isn't drunk.
Source: Serious Eats
Published: July 29, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2707 words)
The Ongoing Joke About Women And Money Isn’t Funny Anymore
An essay on money, power, marriage and gender stereotypes, and when enough is enough already.
Author: Monica Drake
Published: Aug. 17, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2435 words)
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Our top stories of the week, as chosen by the editors at Longreads.
Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: Aug. 26, 2016
What It’s Like to Be a Black Cop in Baltimore

"I don’t wanna do this shit no more." An unfiltered account from one of America's most troubled police departments.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Aug. 26, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2536 words)
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