Weekend Reading

Reading time: 4 mins

The Most Exclusive Restaurant in America The first time Jeffrey Merrihue came across the name Damon Baehrel, he was amazed that he hadn’t heard of him. “I didn’t understand how the secret had been kept,” Merrihue said recently. “The people I go around with, it’s hard for us to find something that is genuinely unique…

Weekend Reading

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Is Donald Trump Actually Trying to Win? So it’s not surprising that Trump has undertaken a major shakeup of his campaign, hiring Bannon and promoting the pollster Kellyanne Conway. Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort has effectively been demoted. Not suggesting he should be taken lightly, but he makes so much noise so randomly, is his gameplan…

Weekend Reading

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Nabisco’s X-Rated Toy Scandal of 1971 No one at Nabisco’s corporate headquarters in New York City had any idea why members of the National Organization for Women were lined up outside. The truth is always stranger than fiction. ALWAYS. For many in my fearful, frustrated generation, “having it all” means opting out of monogamy The Daily…

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It’s time for people to stop telling bisexuals to ‘pick a team’ The comments made on Celebrity Big Brother about bisexuality come as no surprise; being told to ‘pick a team’ is a throw-away comment and I’m sure that like most banter it feels harmless to say, but it’s hurtful to hear. The next big…

Weekend Reading

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Hillary Clinton’s husband wore a fetching pantsuit to honor her nomination for US president Tuesday night (July 26), Bill Clinton, the husband of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to honor his wife’s historic achievement. Why Men Should Embrace Shorts I fucking love a man in shorts. I consider…

Weekend Reading

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Why Trump voters are not “complete idiots” (in charts and photos) A common trope when trying to understand voters who vote differently from you is to simply call them idiots. This is particularly true this year, when discussing Trump voters. The most aggressive (and IMO offensive example of this) is by Jonathan Chait. Fits with…

Weekend Reading

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Sharia Does Not Mean What Newt Gingrich Thinks It Means One country that officially endorses the Muslim legal system is one of the politician’s favorites—Israel. I’m no expert, but then I don’t need to be. Senior politicians need to be better than this. Falling for sleep In Evelyn De Morgan’s numinous painting, Night and Sleep…

Weekend Reading

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It’s always odd posting things from a week ago when the real focus of the news is the awful events from Nice, the continuing political maelstrom that is engulfing UK politics, and the brutal Police killings in America (and, literally as I type, a coup in Turkey? Good god). Now is the time for calm…

Weekend Reading

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The Daredevil of the Auction World Christie’s, the auction house, celebrates its two-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary this year, and over time the origins of certain company traditions have become obscure. Who knew art and auctions could be so damn exciting! The father of trending: Abdur Chowdhury It’s one of those internet phrases that have seeped into everyday…

Weekend Reading

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If you inject enough poison into the political bloodstream, somebody will get sick Contempt for politicians has been on the rise for years. But this EU referendum campaign has torn away at the veil that divides civility from mayhem For weeks, months and years “politician” has been a word more spat out than said. I…

Weekend Reading (late)

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No Weekend Reading next week as I’ll be standing in a muddy field in Somerset, I hear there might be some bands there too. Looks like this didn’t post! Oh well, here it is now anyway Parents are worried the Amazon Echo is conditioning their kids to be rude Alexa will put up with just…

Weekend Reading

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Here Is The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker Read this. Send it to your friends. If you are a man, read it twice. One night in January 2015, two Stanford University graduate students biking across campus spotted a freshman thrusting his body on top of an unconscious, half-naked woman behind…

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The Story Behind Monopoly Pieces While many board games use colorful little pegs as markers, Monopoly, the game with the unique power to unite and divide a family in the matter of an hour, has those odd tokens you’re no doubt familiar with. I always wanted to be the shoe, but I’m not sure why….

Weekend Reading

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The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI’s Best Weapon—And Worst Nightmare One Thursday in January 2001, Maksym Igor Popov, a 20-year-old Ukrainian man, walked nervously through the doors of the United States embassy in London. I do so love these stories, the hidden truths, the human interest. I wonder if anyone has thought about making…

Weekend Reading

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Until I was a man, I had no idea how good men had it at work Testosterone made my voice low. Really low. So low that I am almost impossible to hear in a loud bar or a cacophonous meeting, unless I speak at a ragged near-shout. But when I do talk, people don’t just…