Weekend Reading (November 1-3, 2019)
How Facebook Bought a Police Force. Hundreds of pages of documents obtained by Motherboard show how Facebook is using the Menlo Park Police Department to reshape the city. By Sarah Emerson on the Vice Website.
Nationals’ Dream Season Nothing Short of a Miracle. The Nationals became the first team to mount five come-from-behind wins when facing elimination. If this season wasn’t a miracle, it at least bordered on the supernatural. By Tom Verducci on the Sports Illustrated Website.
One Man’s Wild Quest to Reach the Bottom of Every Ocean. Multimillionaire Victor Vescovo committed himself to one of the world’s craziest remaining adventure quests: to reach the deepest points in every ocean. What does it take to get there? A radically high-tech, $30 million Triton submersible, a team of crack engineers and scientists, and one very gonzo explorer. By Susan Casey on the Outdoors Website.
‘One Grotesque Irony After Another’: Inside the Rise and Fall of Gawker 2.0. Last year, Bryan Goldberg revealed big plans for his relaunch of Gawker, then postponed it indefinitely while laying off the whole staff. Now, there’s serious talk of reviving it yet again. Here’s what happened behind the scenes. By Kate Storey on the Esquire Website.
Crispy, spicy and hugely popular: Why chicken sandwiches are taking over America. By Danielle Wiener-Bronner on the CNN Website.
Behind Dolly’s America. Public radio vet Jad Abumrad set out to define Dolly Parton’s influence. He came away with a new nine-part podcast series unpacking the past—and a story that’s still unfolding. By Dacey Orr Sivewright on the Garden & Gun Website.
Dunbar’s number: Why we can only maintain 150 relationships. The theory of Dunbar’s number holds that we can only really maintain about 150 connections at once. But is the rule true in today’s world of social media? By Christine Ro on the BBC Website.
How to Sell Drugs and Influence Everyone on Instagram. Who knew that Instagram was one of the world’s largest open-air drug markets? The true tale of a bodybuilder from Boston’s ’burbs turned social media influencer who built an illicit empire—one outrageous post at a time. By John H. Tucker on the Boston Magazine Website.
Baghdadi’s Final Humiliation. First the ISIS leader lost his state, then he took his life. By Graeme Wood on the Atlantic Website.