Weekend Reading

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  • My Year in San Francisco’s $2 Million Secret Society Startup
    I blinked. I didn’t know Justin very well. I did know that he was a very affable bearded man, and we both lived in the Bay Area. At the time, he ran a small creative agency, while I worked as a writer and digital media consultant. “I’ve been thinking about giving you something,” he said.
  • The history of ugliness shows that there is no such thing
    In the 19th century, a hirsute aboriginal woman from Mexico named Julia Pastrana was billed on the freak-show circuit as ‘The Ugliest Woman in the World’.
  • The Bidding War
    America’s war in Afghanistan, which is now in its fifteenth year, presents a mystery: how could so much money, power, and good will have achieved so little? Congress has appropriated almost eight hundred billion dollars for military operations in Afghanistan; a hundred and thirteen billion has gon
  • I’m bisexual and I refuse to leave the LGBT community
    The day the Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage I sobbed into my boyfriend’s shoulder in bed for half an hour. My shoulders heaved and my dog looked worried as he frantically tried to lick my tears away.
  • American Psycho Author Bret Easton Ellis Tells Us Where Patrick Bateman Would Be Today
    After 25 years I’m occasionally and increasingly asked by readers of a book I published in 1991 called American Psycho (later made into a movie in 2000) about where its narrator, Patrick Bateman, would be now.
  • How a Ragtag Gang of Retirees Pulled Off the Biggest Jewel Heist in British History
    ‘It required a team with diverse skills….
  • It’s time for robots to have their own pronouns
    It’s hard to talk about robots. They’re not human, but they’re starting to look and act more like us. They are objects, much like cars, or trees or laptops, but we give them names. They’re often gendered human names—tech company x.