Mental Yoga Weekend :: Long Reads of the Week (#49)

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Mental Yoga Weekend is a collection of my favorite long reads I unearth during the week. I save them for the weekend so readers have a chance to sit back and read without pressure. Enjoy.


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Mental Yoga Weekend :: Long Reads of the Week (#48)

Mental Yoga Weekend is a collection of my favorite long reads I unearth during the week. I save them for the weekend so readers have a chance to sit back and read without pressure. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did.

5 Favorite Long Reads of the Week

  1. Animals Need Infrastructure Too - City Lab

  2. Look Up From Your Screen (After you've read Ventipop) - Aeon

  3. The World’s Most Peculiar Company - Chicago Mag

  4. A Deadly Hunt For Hidden Treasure Spawns An Online Mystery - Wired

  5. Denialism: what drives people to reject the truth - The Guardian

Mental Yoga Weekend #48...fini. Enjoy your weekend.


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Mental Yoga Weekend :: Long Reads of the Week (#47)

Mental Yoga Weekend is a collection of my favorite long reads I unearth during the week. I save them for the weekend so readers have a chance to sit back and read without pressure. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did.

5 Favorite Long Reads of the Week

  1. Friends and Enemies: On Slogan Tees - Los Angeles Review of Books
  2. Bourdain Confidential - Popula
  3. How Prince Helped Me Feel Seen - Literary Hub
  4. Liz Parrish Wants To Live Forever - Outside Online
  5. What If the Teen City Council Is Better Than the Grownup One? - City Lab

Mental Yoga Weekend #47...fini. Enjoy your weekend.


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Mental Yoga Weekend :: Long Reads of the Week (#46)

Mental Yoga Weekend is a collection of my favorite long reads I unearth during the week. I save them for the weekend so readers have a chance to sit back and read without pressure. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did.

Favorite Long Reads of the Week

  1. The Extinction of the Middle Child - The Cut
  2. Searching for the 'angel' who held me on Westminster Bridge - BBC
  3. Attack on Skull Island - GQ
  4. Keep on moving: the bizarre dance epidemic of summer 151 - The Guardian
  5. Inhuman Resources - Highline

Mental Yoga Weekend #46...fini. Enjoy your weekend.


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Mental Yoga Weekend :: Long Reads of the Week (#45)

Mental Yoga Weekend is a collection of my favorite long reads I unearth during the week. I save them for the weekend so readers have a chance to sit back and read without pressure. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did.

Favorite Long Reads of the Week

  1. Delivering Amazon Packages to the Top of the World - The New York Times
  2. In Praise of Being Washed - GQ
  3. The Nutella Billionaires: Inside The Ferrero Family’s Secret Empire - Forbes
  4. The Harsh Reality of Food for ‘Little House’ Pioneers - Atlas Obscura
  5. Libraries: Where The World's Memory Is Stored - BBC
  6. Spain leads the world in organ donation. What’s stopping other countries catching up? - Mosaic

Mental Yoga Weekend $45...fini. Enjoy your weekend.


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Mental Yoga Weekend :: Long Reads of the Week (#44)

Mental Yoga Weekend is a collection of my favorite long reads I unearth during the week. I save them for the weekend so readers have a chance to sit back and read without pressure. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did.

Favorite Long Reads of the Week

  1. 10 Things I Would Do If I Were Twenty-One - Art of Manliness
  2. What 24 hours in a diner taught me about New York - 1843
  3. A Landmark Study on the Origins of Alcoholism - The Atlantic
  4. Welcome To Blaine, The Town Amazon Prime Built - The Verge
  5. Joe and the Whale - The Deep
  6. In Praise of Extreme Moderation - Harvard Business Review
  7. How to spot a perfect fake: the world’s top art forgery detective - The Guardian

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Mental Yoga Weekend :: Long Reads of the Week (#43)

Mental Yoga Weekend is a collection of my favorite long reads I find during the course of my week scouring the internet. I save them for the weekend so my readers have a chance to sit back, take their time and read without pressure. I hope you enjoy these collections.

Favorite Long Reads of the Week

  1. The Untold Good News Story of America Today - BBC
  2. The Parlance of Pilots - Aeon
  3. The Dark Side of the Orgasmic Meditation Company - Bloomberg
  4. 14 Famous Writers On Whether Or Not To Have Kids - Literary Hub
  5. The 100 Greatest YouTube Videos of All-Time Ranked - Thrillist
  6. Panic at MI5: When a Newspaper’s Crossword Puzzle Started Leaking Vital Information About the D-Day Invasion - The Vintage News

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Mental Yoga Weekend :: Long Reads of the Week (#42)

Mental Yoga Weekend is a collection of my favorite long reads I collect while scouring the internet for The 20. I save them up for the weekend so readers have a chance to sit back and take them in at leisure. Enjoy.

Favorite Long Reads of the Week

  1. Become the Creative You’ve Always Wanted to be by Embracing These Seven Habits - Quartz
  2. Tales from the far-flung Faroes - BBC
  3. Own Goal: The Inside Story of How the USMNT Missed the 2018 World Cup - The Ringer
  4. The New Hooligans of Russia - ESPN
  5. It Costs $2.50 to Make Lipstick — Here’s Why You’re Charged So Much More - Racked
  6. Bye, Chrome: Why I’m switching to Firefox and you should too - Fast Company
  7. Unfortunately, the Electric Scooters Are Fantastic - The Atlantic
  8. What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story? - NPR

I rarely feature anything twice on Ventipop, but I'm going to mention Anthony Horowitz's brilliant novel Magpie Murders for the second day in a row. British whodunnits are not my usual cup of tea, but this one pokes fun at the genre with a wit, wink and a nod all while keeping you guessing at who murdered the characters within the vintage story...and the author himself in present day. Think of it as a mystery fan's idea of a perfect summer thriller.

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Mental Yoga Weekend :: Long Reads of the Week (#41)

Mental Yoga Weekend is a collection of my favorite long reads I find during the course of my week scouring the internet. I save them for the weekend so my readers have a chance to sit back, take their time and read without pressure. I hope you enjoy these collections.

Favorite Long Reads of the Week

1. The Spy Who Came Home - The New Yorker

Patrick Skinner is a counter terrorism expert. He served in every hot zone around the world that the US is involved. Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, you name it. He fought for what he thought has a just cause, but the war ground him down. After many lost friends, hours on the ground, brushes with death, he finally decided to go back home and just be a regular beat cop. Then there is this little snippet on the article. “He compared his situation to that of Voltaire’s Candide, who, after enduring a litany of absurd horrors in a society plagued by fanaticism and incompetence, concludes that the only truly worthwhile activity is tending his garden.” 

2. Stay Messi, My Friend - ESPN

Many of the world's top athletes have "crafted personalities and, in most cases, messages they were interested in conveying. They spoke to us. Lionel Messi, whose global presence rivals any athlete's, does not. His soundtrack, such as it is, comes from a mixture of screams and shouts, gasps and gulps, all of which emanate not from him but rather from the millions upon millions who are mesmerized by the sweet magic pouring from his feet like cake batter. This is how Messi has chosen to confront his fame. He is the quietest superstar."

3. Letter To The Golden State Killer - The New Yorker

You were a voyeur. A patient recorder of habits and routines. The first night a husband working dispatch switched to the graveyard shift, you pounced. There were four-to-seven-day-old herringbone shoe impressions beneath the bathroom window at the scene on the 3800 block of Thornwood, Sacramento. Officers noted that, standing there, you could stare into the victim’s bedroom. “Fuck me like your old man,” you hissed, like you knew how that was done. You put high heels on one girl, something she did in bed with her boyfriend. You stole bikini Polaroids as keepsakes. You stalked around with your needling flashlight and clipped, repetitive phrases, both director and star of the movie unspooling in your head.

4. How Onscreen Sex Sounds Are Made, From Kissing to Hand Jobs (NSFW) - Vulture

A few months ago, Comedy Central released a video depicting the(fake) Foley art of the make-out scenes from The Bachelor: raw chicken cutlets slapped together; a man jamming his fist into a giant jar of mayonnaise. It’s not how the experts really do it, obviously — so how do they achieve the sounds of sweet, tender (or not) lovemaking for the big and small screen? We talked to several Foley artists about how they create the sounds behind sex scenes. The explanations are at once more pedestrian and more interesting than you might imagine.

5. Old memories, accidentally trapped in amber by our digital devices - Kottke.org

Part of what humans use technology for is to better remember the past. We scroll back through photos on our phones and on Instagram & Flickr — “that was Fourth of July 5 years ago, so fun!” — and apps like Swarm, Timehop, and Facebook surface old locations, photos, and tweets for us on the regular. But sometimes, we run into the good old days in unexpected places on our digital devices.

6. I Don’t Know How to Waste Time on the Internet Anymore - Select All

The other day, I found myself looking at a blinking cursor in a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I was bored. I didn’t really feel like doing work, but I felt some distant compulsion to sit at my computer in a kind of work-simulacrum, so that at least at the end of the day I would feel gross and tired in the manner of someone who had worked. What I really wanted to do was waste some time.

But … I didn’t know how. I did not know what to type into the address bar of my browser. I stared at the cursor. Eventually, I typed “nytimes.com” and hit enter. Like a freaking dad. The entire world of the internet, one that used to boast so many ways to waste time, and here I was, reading the news. It was even worse than working.

Mental Yoga Weekend :: Long Reads of the Week (#40)

Mental Yoga Weekend is a collection of my favorite long reads I find during the course of my week scouring the internet. I save them for the weekend so my readers have a chance to sit back, take their time and read without pressure. I hope you enjoy these collections.

Favorite Long Reads of the Week

Mental Yoga Weekend :: Long Reads of the Week (#39)

Mental Yoga Weekend is a collection of my favorite long reads I find during the course of my week scouring the internet. I save them for the weekend so my readers have a chance to sit back, take their time and read without pressure. I hope you enjoy these collections.

Favorite Long Reads of the Week

Mental Yoga Weekend :: Long Reads of the Week (#38)

Mental Yoga Weekend is a collection of my favorite long reads I find during the course of my week scouring the internet. I save them for the weekend so my readers have a chance to sit back, take their time and read without pressure. I hope you enjoy these collections.

Favorite Long Reads of the Week

Mental Yoga Weekend :: Long Reads of the Week

Mental Yoga Weekend is a collection of my favorite long reads I find during the course of my week scouring the internet. I save them for the weekend so my readers have a chance to sit back, take their time and read without pressure. I hope you enjoy these collections.

Favorite Long Reads of the Week