Weekend Reading

Late because I’m an idiot and set the wrong publish date… 

The news this week has been, well, I’m not sure I have the words to describe how I feel about a lot of it, grim, unsettling, horrifying, tragic… I’m not sure I even have the words to express myself appropriately here. Still, the world spins on and the following (mostly) distracted me this week.

  • 100 Women 2015: Return of a topless rebel
    In 2013, Tunisian feminist Amina Sboui left the country after publishing a topless photograph that caused a scandal across the Arab world. After two years in France, Amina is back in Tunis – with a new plan to stir things up.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1llXS4c
  • After decades of defeat, Caltech finds formula for winning in conference
    Picture a solitary figure, shooting baskets and muttering. The man is pale and skinny, with round glasses and wispy brown hair. Looks fortyish, like he should be teaching calculus.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1PXofsP
  • How ISIS Is Recruiting Women in London
    LONDON — A girl of about 5 skips past the camera wearing purple polka-dot tights and a blue dress. Seated behind her, a woman with a thick British accent is delivering a lecture on the conflict in the Middle East.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1Tngrkl
  • The CEO Paying Everyone $70,000 Salaries Has Something to Hide
    Inside the viral story of Gravity CEO Dan Price. It seemed too good to be true.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1lVJVe7
  • The Peculiar Ascent of Bill Murray to Secular Saint
    Over the last few years, Mitch Glazer, the screenwriter and producer, has watched with awe and bewilderment what has happened to Bill Murray.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1QctKnz
  • 10 Former Viral Sensations on Life After Internet Fame
    Living, breathing memes, long after the clicks have subsided. Internet fame comes on like an earthquake, with little warning. In a matter of hours, a video can go viral and be viewed 50 million times. Then it (usually) recedes into a very long, thin afterlife.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1YIIuxJ
  • In a Cult’s Shadow: What Does it Mean to ‘Leave’ Scientology?
    A little more than two years ago, actress Leah Remini made a public announcement that she was breaking ties with the Church of Scientology.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1NlGS99