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Weekend Reads 9

top stories of the week

This Week’s Stories: media, tech, small biz, and culture

By Jeff Howland

Escape From the Matrix

by Jacob Burak, Aeon

‘The fear of missing out haunts our social networks and our real lives alike. But there is a way to break free.’

No Time: How Did We Get So Busy?

by Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker

‘In a “winner take all” economy, there’s a strong incentive to make sure you’re on the winning side, and one way to do this is to outstay your rivals at the office. Suggestively, what’s come to be known as the “long-hours premium”—the return that salaried employees effectively receive for each hour of work they put in beyond the usual forty—has more than doubled in the past thirty years.’

Wearable Computers Will Transform Language

by Ariel Bleicher, IEEE Spectrum

‘Smart clothes and accessories will let us share thoughts and sensations as well as words.’

The Inside Story of Oculus Rift and How Virtual Reality Became Reality

by Peter Rubin, Wired

‘I’ve seen five or six demos that made me think the world was about to change: Apple II, Netscape, Google, iPhone…then Oculus.’

Meet the Man Hired to Make Sure the Snowden Docs Aren’t Hacked

by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Mashable

‘Lee’s position is rare in the media world. But in the age of secret-spilling and the government clampdown on reporters’ sources, news organizations are aiming to strengthen their digital savvy with hires like him.’


Interview: Maya Angelou, The Art of Fiction No. 119

– Interviewed by George Plimpton, The Paris Review


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