Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.
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Allecia Vermillion | Seattle Met | March 10, 2015 | 19 minutes (4,910 words)
Cody Spafford had found solace and redemption working in the kitchen of one of Seattle’s hottest restaurants. What turned a promising chef into a bank robber?
John Lanchester | London Review of Books | March 5, 2015 | 24 minutes (6,135 words)
Lanchester takes us through the possibility of a robotified future that completely changes our economic landscape.
Clemency Burton-Hill | More Intelligent Life | March 9, 2015 | 25 minutes (6,400 words)
Robin Ticciati—the new music director for the UK’s Glyndebourne Opera company—is not your typical conductor. He’s young, “radically collaborative,” and out to shake things up.
Jennifer Gonnerman | Mother Jones | March 12, 2015 | 20 minutes (5,003 words)
On Oct. 3, 2013, 34-year-old Miriam Carey drove through a White House checkpoint while her one-year-old daughter sat in the back of her car. A car chase ensued, and Carey ended up dead. Gonnerman traces the incident, revealing that Miriam had been diagnosed with “postpartum depression with psychosis” and showing how a media circus distorted the tragedy as it occurred.
John Herrman | Matter | March 9, 2015 | 13 minutes (3,492 words)
John Herrman switches from his iPhone to a much more affordable “shitphone” and discovers how reliable mid-market gadgets can be.