1. The Notorious MSG’s Unlikely Formula for Success — BuzzReads
The “umami” craze has turned a much-maligned and misunderstood food additive into an object of obsession for the world’s most innovative chefs. John Mahoney reveals that monosodium glutamate’s biggest secret may be that there was never anything wrong with it at all. Read it at BuzzReads.
2. The Poorest Rich Kids in the World — Rolling Stone
Sabrina Rubin Erdely tells the sad, unusual story of the Inman twins — descendents of Doris Duke, heirs to an enormous fortune, and victims of horrible neglect and abuse at the hands of their drug addicted parents. As they now fight for their inheritance, are they exaggerating their pasts? Read it at Rolling Stone.
3. Dry Land — BuzzFeed
This Tuesday, South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation voted to legalize the sale of alcohol after 114 years of well intentioned, unsuccessful — and arguably detrimental — prohibition. Joe Flood visited the reservation and asked young people for their opinions on the vote in this moving photo essay. Read it at BuzzFeed.
4. The Killing Machines — The Atlantic
Mark Bowden looks at drone war in great depth, considering such difficult questions as: should a soldier who’s never seen combat receive decorations? Would that be fair to veterans who have risked their lives? And most importantly, has the drone war helped or hindered the war on terror? Read it at The Atlantic.
5. Warning: I Will Employ the Word “Fat” — New York
Lionel Shriver writes candidly about body image in literature, popular culture and our lives. “But ‘big is beautiful’ is a hard sell. Even if we should find a splendor in amplitude, that doesn’t mean we will or we can.” Read it at The Cut.
6. Approaching Darkness — Mashable
The moving story of 68-year old retired physician David Hilfiker, who was diagnosed with Azheimer’s a year ago. The blog he launched soon after, called “Watching the Lights Go Out,” chronicles the usually lonely experience of this degenerative neurological disease. Read it at Mashable.
8. Stand and Deliver — Vogue
Heidi Mitchell catches up with Texas state senator Wendy Davis days after her now-famous filibuster and learns how she went from single mother to Harvard Law graduate to inspiring politician. All are wondering: is a run for governor next? Read it at Vogue.
9. The House D.J. Fluker Bought — San Diego Union-Tribune
This spring the Charges drafted the former Alabama right tackle hoping to stabilize their offensive line. They couldn’t have anticipated how much the Flukers — whose lives had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina — needed stabilization themselves. Read it at the San Diego Union-Tribune.
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