1. ‘Mitch Was a Writer’ (11 Minutes)
“I used to do drugs. I still do, but I used to, too.” That classic line came from Mitch Hedberg, and this stirring “Modern Comedian” documentary features his widow Lynn Shawcroft speaking about Hedberg’s writing and creative inspiration. Hedberg died in 2005.
2. A Wired Writer’s ‘Epic Hacking’
Mat Honan’s Gmail, Twitter, Amazon and Apple accounts were all infiltrated in one day—and he lost nearly all of his digital life in the process.
3. This Recipe for Homemade Chinese Spring Rolls
Food writer Jaden Hair shows how to make your own spring rolls with ground chicken, cabbage and carrots.
4. The Life and Untimely Death of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch
On what would have been MCA’s 48th birthday, Rolling Stone unlocks its cover story on Yauch, who died in May.
5. Louis CK on Saying ‘I’m Sorry’ (6 Minutes)
A Louis CK short film on teaching children (and adults) the art of apologizing.
6. What Hospitals Can Learn from Cheesecake Factory
Atul Gawande gets Gladwellian in his examination of national restaurant chains and how their operations can—in some ways—put hospitals to shame.
7. Olga Korbut’s 1972 Olympic Gymnastics Performance
Here’s what the Olympics looked like 40 years ago: The Belarusian-born Korbut’s silver medal-winning routine on the uneven bars.
8. Mario Batali’s Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Crumbs and Snap Peas
For a quick dinner idea, Serious Eats’ Blake Royer offers up this 25-minute Batali recipe with anchovies, parsley and shallots.
9. Biohackers: A Journey Into Cyborg America (13 Minutes)
(Warning: Graphic) A feature story and short documentary from The Verge’s Ben Popper, who investigates the “grinder” culture of people who are attempting to use technology to hack their bodies.
10. ‘You Are Not so Kind as You Used to Be’
From Letters of Note, a short message from Winston Churchill’s wife Clementine, who warned him he needed to get his act together.
11. The Naked and the TED
Evgeny Morozov is not a fan of TED talks. Here’s his complete evisceration of the franchise—and the entire “ideas” industry.
12. TED Talk: ‘Dare to Disagree’ (13 Minutes)
However, some of us *are* TED fans. Here’s one of their most-saved clips of the week, featuring entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan.
13. An Interview with Caitlin Moran
The Hairpin’s Chiara Atik speaks with the author of How to Be a Woman about feminism in 2012.
14. Kelly Oxford & Rainn Wilson Chat in a Sweaty Van (6:37)
The two comedians take to a creepy van to talk about writing, the creative process and parenting.
15. Easy Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream
Jamie from My Baking Addiction presents your weekend dessert plans.
16. That New Mumford & Sons Song
The song is called “I Will Wait.” What do you think? Are we into it?
17. Americans Want to Live in a Much More Equal Country (They Just Don’t Realize It)
Behavioral economist and Duke professor Dan Ariely wanted to ask a new question about income inequality: What do we think is the “ideal” distribution of wealth? Here’s what he found.
18. Beer-Marinated Flank Steak
Meat! Esquire’s Sylvie Krekow offers this weekend grilling option for those lucky enough to own a barbecue.
19. The Colors of Evil (4 Minutes)
An animated Pixar-meets-Satan tale created by students Phillip Simon and Alyse Miller at the Ringling College of Art and Design.
20. The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers
From the new I Files investigate journalism channel on YouTube, here’s the Center for Investigative Reporting on the environmental costs of our meat-eating.
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