Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins

Inside the Lively World of Competitive Stone Skimming Fog shrouds Easdale Island, a windswept 62-acre chunk of slate, grass, and shrubs just off Scotland’s west coast, as rain intensifies on the roof of the Puffer Bar and Restaurant. I thought I was doing well with 5 or 6 ‘bounces’. Amateur! The origins of the high…

The old room

Reading time: 2 mins

His chair sits to one side of the bay window. The unloved leather is cracked, shiny dark patches worn smooth, seams barely holding on, tired with all the life it’s seen. Cold air creeps through the rotting window frame, tickling the rising pale curls of smoke as they fade into nothing. Beside the chair a…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 3 mins

Yelling at Amazon’s Alexa The first time I met Alexa, the A.I. robot voice inside the wine-bottle-size speaker known as the Amazon Echo, I was at my friends’ house, in rural New England. “Currently, it is seventy-five degrees,” she told us, and assured us that it would not rain. The future is coming. I admit…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 3 mins

A Freudian theory, now backed up by neuroscience, explains why so many fear clowns Creepy clown sightings across the United States are no laughing matter. Glimpses of disturbing clowns began in South Carolina in August, but the phenomenon of pranksters in sinister costumes has become so widespread that it was even mentioned at a White…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 2 mins

Bedlam: The story behind the London mental hospital that came to mean hell on earth The word “Bedlam” conjures up scenes of wild chaos and confusion but, in the 13th century, it was linked to one specific place: The Bethlehem Royal Hospital in London. This was the first asylum in England, founded in 1247, and…

Rotterdam or anywhere

Reading time: 2 mins

I need some time off work. The last week I had off was in June and whilst life as a contractor means no worky = no money, I know I need some downtime. So I’ve booked the middle week of October off and I’m planning to try and get away somewhere. Where? Well that’s the…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 4 mins

The women of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel answer your questions about working as legal prostitutes In August, two Quartz reporters, Allison Schrager, who’s also an economist, and Siyi Chen, a video journalist traveled to Carson City, Nevada to visit the famed Moonlite Bunny Ranch Brothel. How do you break the stigma around sex workers?…