It’s been a fun week in Top Reads. With the U.S. elections over, and the bulk of the Fall tech announcements out of the way, we’re seeing a full spread of interesting topics bubbling up every day.
Here are the most popular articles on Readability right now:
- New York Magazine explores the changes that pot growers face now that it’s become more legitimized in “The Truce On Drugs.”
- In “The Saddest and Most Expensive 26 Seconds of Amateur Film Ever Made“, Vice’s Motherboard provides context for the Zapruder film of JFK’s assassination—and the man behind the lens.
- In 2002, the New Yorker published “The Riddler“, a profile of Henry Hook, the misanthropic puzzle genius.
- The Bronx Banter brings us “The Killing of Gus Hasford“, a story that originally appeared in LA Weekly in 1993.
- SemiAccurate thinks Microsoft is in deep trouble. Read why in “Microsoft has failed.”
- In “Revenge of the Reality-Based Community“, from the American Conservative, one conservative gets real after facing defeat in the recent election.
- The New Yorker focuses on crowd safety and past tragedies in “Crush Point.”
- “Re-Awakenings“, from The Last Word On Nothing, tells the story of a woman with a condition that made her crave sleep.
- In the “The Thing with Feathers“, Outside follows the chase for a rare and elusive bird that was spotted in Arkansas.
- “‘I Pretty Much Wanted to Die’“, on Grantland, gives us a glimpse at the origin of television’s Lost.
- Wired dives into the mysteries surrounding a coded manuscript in “They Cracked This 250 Year-Old Code, And Found a Secret Society Inside.”
- Vanity Fair gives us some background on the French Foreign Legion in “The Expendables.”
- “The Tragedy of Britney Spears” was a Rolling Stone cover story in 2008, a troubled time for the pop sensation, and it’s resurfaced on our list this week.
- The Stranger‘s “The Lying Disease” shines a light on manifestions of Münchausen syndrome that played out online.
- Wired also gives us the goods on Google’s massive database in “Exclusive: Inside Google Spanner, the Largest Single Database on Earth.”
- And Playboy interviews with George Carlin, Steve Jobs, Frank Sinatra, and Siskel & Ebert all made the list this week as well.
Plenty of these articles were featured on Longform—a consistently great source of high quality, long form articles. If you happen to exhaust everything on Top Reads (hard to imagine), check out Longform Picks in our iOS apps. Happy reading!