Weekend Reads

“We were sitting at the kitchen table. I was having some coffee, and he said he had something important to tell me. He said he had a second job as a part-time bank robber. The way he looked at me, I knew he wasn’t kidding.” In Texas Monthly, Skip Hollandsworth shares the story of a dad who robbed banks, with his family. (My kids would only come with me on a bank robbery if I agreed to bring the iPad.)

+ “About 2½ hours into their six-hour climb to Camp 2, the sun had come up and Kaji’s group was nearing the top of the icefall. Kaji could see Sherpas from various expeditions strung out along the route above and below him. Then he heard an enormous crack, ‘like thunder.'” The Wall Street Journal has a detailed, interactive piece on Sherpas, Fate and the Dangerous Business of Everest.

+ “Facebook and WhatsApp, Uber and Nest, the brightest minds of a generation, the high test-scorers and mathematically inclined, have taken the knowledge acquired at our most august institutions and applied themselves to solving increasingly minor First World problems.” From NY Mag’s Jessica Pressler: Let’s, Like, Demolish Laundry.

+ The Atlantic: The bike-helmet law that helped trigger an insurgency in Nigeria

+ Lauren Morelli: While writing for Orange Is the New Black, I realized I am gay.

+ Once those pieces have you warmed up, you can move on to Conor Friedersdorf’s list of slightly more than 100 fantastic pieces of journalism.

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