this is volume 59
The Sunday Reader

"The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame."
Oscar Wilde
Palantir Knows Everything About You
Peter Thiel's data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American Citizens. The scary thing? Palantir is desperate for new customers. 
  25 Minutes - by Peter Waldman, Lizette Chapman and Jordan Robertson for Bloomberg

The Zero-Armed Bandit
A large, scary metal box with switches and ominous instructions mysteriously showed up in a casino in Lake Tahoe in 1980... 
  48 Minutes - by Allan Bellows for Damn Interesting

Philosophy's First Steps
Science asks questions and answers its big questions, so why is philosophy taking its time? Because it's only just getting started.
  17 Minutes - by J L Schellenberg for Aeon

Avicii: The King of Oontz Oontz
A 2013 profile. RIP.
  20 Minutes - by Jessica Pressler for GQ

The Mystery of the Killer Vacation
Chris Smith had just sold his company for $1 million and was sailing the world with his Playboy girlfriend, but then he disappeared. Then the question became, had Smith ever even sold his company? Where was he the whole time he'd been e-mailing his friends and family?
  24 Minutes - by James Vlahos for GQ

Style is an Algorithm
No one is original anymore. Not even you.
  30 Minutes - by Kyle Chayka for Racked

Barbara's Backlash
Retro: The First Lady is reported to be a woman so fiercely calculating she puts Nancy Reagan to shame. But while she remains her increasingly unpopular husband's greatest asset, is Barbara Bush just demanding equal time after a long hard career as a devoted political wife?
 25 Minutes - by David Fricke for Rolling Stone

The Young & The Reckless
A gang of teen hackers snatched the keys to Microsoft's videogame empire. Then they went too far.
  10 Minutes - by Brendan I. Koerner for Wired

Welcome to the Center of the Universe
For the men and women who use the Deep Space Network to talk to the heavens, failure is not an option.
  22 Minutes - by Shannon Starone for Long Reads

When Will Britain Face Up to Its Crimes Against Humanity?
After the abolition of slavery, Britain paid millions in compensation – but every penny of it went to slave owners, and nothing to those they enslaved. We must stop overlooking the brutality of British history.
  21 Minutes - by Kris Manjapra for The Guardian
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