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Salt, Sugar, Fat, Repeat: A Reading List on Restaurant Chains
Here are some of our favorite reads on America’s restaurant chains, from the generically upscale to the proudly down-home. They cover politics, economics, regional identity, and even (surprise!) food.
Author: Ben Huberman
Source: Longreads
Published: Oct. 26, 2016
Playing with History: What Sid Meier’s Video Game Empire Got Right and Wrong About ‘Civilization’
Twenty-five years ago, Meier turned human history into a video game, and sold 33 million copies along the way. With the launch of Civilization VI, Kanishk Tharoor takes a closer look at its impact.
Source: Kill Screen
Published: Oct. 26, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3204 words)
South Beach's Elite Pay Thousands for IV Therapy Even Though Critics Say It's a Scam
In recent years, IV drips have become a status symbol, and osteopathic doctor, bodybuilder, and former model Ivan Rusilko is at the forefront of the craze.
Published: Oct. 25, 2016
Length: 19 minutes (4935 words)
Dr. Death
An investigation of neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch, a madman with a scalpel.
Author: Matt Goodman
Source: D Magazine
Published: Oct. 24, 2016
Length: 26 minutes (6622 words)
Excerpt: ‘The Red Car’ by Marcy Dermansky
“The car had upset me. Judy had found a parking space right in front of the restaurant and I could see the red car from our table. Taunting me.”
Source: Longreads
Published: Oct. 25, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2933 words)
The Iconoclast
A profile of Jim Allison, a scientist whose research in immunology has helped pioneer new breakthrough cancer treatments.
Author: Eric Benson
Published: Oct. 21, 2016
Length: 42 minutes (10576 words)
King-Killers in America (and the American Who Avenged the King)
When Charles II regained the throne, he launched a global manhunt for the judges who had sentenced his father to death.
Published: Oct. 25, 2016
Length: 26 minutes (6559 words)
Collector's Item: What was the Princess Diana Beanie Baby?
Planning to finance your retirement with your Beanie Baby collection? Think again.
Published: Oct. 24, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2001 words)
Eight Women in Love
"When she met him, she was holding a bowl of tabbouleh. He wasn’t famous at the time. Just a promising upstart in the Ba’ath party. And she liked everything about him from the start. His blue silk suit. His golden eyes." The women left in the wake of eight of modern history's worst despots.
Author: Shawn Wen
Source: n+1
Published: Oct. 17, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2834 words)
Canadian Mining's Dark Heart
For one Canadian mining company, measuring the real price of gold requires counting environmental destruction and large scale sexual violence against women.
Source: The Walrus
Published: Oct. 24, 2016
Length: 30 minutes (7515 words)
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