It's the weekend and you know what means: Our longer-form, extended-play versions of your favorite hits! Settle in for the best curated reads of the week:

  • Meet the Banking Caucus, Wall Street’s Secret Weapon in Washington (Public Integrity)
  • How movies forge great art, legally (Vanity Fair)
  • White-Collar World: What the Office Has Done to American Life (Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • The Rise of Corporate Impunity (ProPublica)
  • Serious Newspaper Journalism Is Not Over (Vanity Fair) but see Rumor, Gossip, Nonsense: How the News Became a Nightmare (Salon)
  • The Invention of the Chilean Sea Bass (Priceonomics)
  • Should a Chimp Be Able to Sue Its Owner? (NY Times)
  • Five Stunning Facts About America’s Prison System You Haven’t Heard (Sean Kerrigan)
  • The First Look at How Google’s Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets (The Atlantic Cities) see also How America’s Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future (Smithsonian Magazine)
  • The Inventor of Everything: a fascinating look at a weird scammer (The Verge)

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Austerity’s Legacy: GDP Is Far Below Potential


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