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Weekend Reads: September 4, 2015

Our special guest this week is BuzzFeed News business reporter Venessa Wong, who covers the food industry, sharing some of her favorite stories recently.

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Our special guest this week is BuzzFeed News business reporter Venessa Wong, who covers the food industry, sharing some of her favorite stories recently.

This real estate story in the Wall Street Journal by Kerry Close about wealthy people building slides in their homes made me feel all sorts of things. I repeat: SLIDES, INSIDE HOUSES OCCUPIED BY GROWN ASS PEOPLE. One of the featured slides, a 22-footer, is “accessed through a hidden door in the cabinet” and sweeps riders into the basement. Let’s just say, cocktails often get spilled.

I am a devoted food reporter, and while I covered McDonald's announcement that it would finally offer all-day breakfast starting Oct. 6, I am insanely jealous I didn't see it like the Chicago Tribune's Rex W. Huppke, who in this delightful piece confesses, “like many Americans, I believe in traditional breakfast.” He asserts that his beliefs “certainly won't be changed by Big Burger's cavalier redefinition of breakfast or by human belief in the separation of church and steak.”

In this New Yorker article, John Cassidy tries to offer helpful advice when it comes to picking the best college program with the highest return on investment. Rather than pursuing very specialized, technical degrees, which may seem more practical, the better option is a liberal arts education, if only because it will enrich your life in other ways. Those are encouraging words, as long as that liberal arts degree doesn't drown you in debt, either.

Who doesn't want to spend the weekend thinking about Donald Trump? The billionaire New Yorker already has managed to capture Americans’ imaginations as a businessman and television star, and now as a presidential candidate. In this colorful profile, Bloomberg’s Max Abelson portrays the Trump people know as “a self-rendered notion of an elite man who controls and wins, even when he loses.”

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