Joe Biden: ‘I Wish to Hell I’d Just Kept Saying the Exact Same Thing’

The vice president looks back — and forward. Veteran journalist Jonathan Alter’s exit interview with Joe Biden.

Published: Jan 17, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,163 words)

How Designers Engineer Luck Into Video Games

Humans have taken the reins from the gods, and luck has become a design tool capable of changing players’ experiences and expectations.” A look at how game developers strike a balance between luck and fairness.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Jan 12, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,671 words)

What We Get Wrong About Hannah Arendt

The lessons we are drawing from her work may not be the one we most need to learn.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 17, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,500 words)

Dweller on the Threshold: On Being Trans, But Not Having Always Known

A raw, honesty essay on coming to terms with gender identity and trying to navigate existence in a culture fraught with issues around gender and sexuality. “I’m still not sure whether I’ll ever be ready to gain male privilege, to part with cis privilege.”

Source: Entropy
Published: Jan 16, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,479 words)

The Hermit Who Inadvertently Shaped Climate-Change Science

Billy Barr moved into a remote part of the Rocky Mountains in search of solitude over 40 years ago. To avoid boredom, he documented snow levels, animal sightings, and the date flowers first bloomed. “…collectively his work has become some of the most significant indication that climate change is rearranging mountain ecosystems more dramatically and quickly than anyone imagined.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jan 12, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,883 words)

Michael Joyce’s Second Act

In 1996, David Foster Wallace profiled tennis player Michael Joyce in one of the most celebrated pieces of sports writing ever published. Who has he become since?

Author: Sam Riches
Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 17, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,882 words)

How Jokes Won the Election

“It’s the thrill of hyperbole, of treating the extreme as normal, the shock (and the joy) of seeing the normal get violated, fast. “Buh-leeve me, buh-leeve me!” Trump said in his act, again and again. Lying about telling the truth is part of the joke.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 17, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,050 words)

I Work in the Restaurant Industry. Obamacare Saved My Family’s Life.

Baker Allison Robicelli on the difficulty of offering insurance (or being insured) in the service industry, and how the Affordable Care Act started to change things — and saved her and her husband’s lives.

Source: Eater
Published: Jan 12, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,532 words)

The Exploitation Of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy By White Supremacy

“The Martin Luther King Jr. that we celebrate every year is no longer a man or a movement. The annual holiday is no longer a remembrance.”

Published: Jan 18, 2016
Length: 7 minutes (1,955 words)

Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

A profile of Barack Obama as a reader, which includes a link to Kakutani’s 3,015-word interview with the outgoing president. He  discusses his love for reading, some authors he loves–plus short stories he’s written.

Published: Jan 16, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,018 words)