Kick off your vacations with my longer form, weekend reading material (expertly curated just before I head off to the airport!):

• The Rhyme of History: Lessons of the Great War (Brookings Essay)

• The Day Google Had to ‘Start Over’ on Android (The Atlantic)

• One Country Saved Its Jews. Were They Just Better People? (New Republic)

• Drugs Will Kill Your Friends (The Atlantic), see also Heroin, LLC (Chicago Reader)

• Placebo-philes (Anxious Machine)

• What Anesthesia Can Teach Us About Consciousness (NY Times)

• Paul Goldberger on Starchitect-Designed Company Headquarters in Silicon Valley (Vanity Fair)

• When Lenders Sue, Quick Cash Can Turn Into a Lifetime of Debt (ProPublica)

• Glitch in the Afterlife (BoingBoing)

• Did Hipster Tech Really Save the Obama Campaign? (Wired)

What’s up for the holidays?

Gold was the worst trade of 2013

Source: Quartz