An exceptionally beautiful piece. It’s all about losing. How we will lose roughly 200’000 things over the course of our lives. How the meaning of «to lose» changed over time, from minds to hearts, to everything. And how this all is connected to losing a loved one.
A wonderful story: A young father, who is dying at the age of 27, writes letters of advice to his young son, only to be read after he passes specific life milestones: «When you have your first kiss», «When you have the worst fight ever with your mom», «When you realize you’re gay» just to name a few. The son, now 85 years old, tells the story.
One of those rare stories that captivate you right from the start and never let you go. Last winter, two bodies washed ashore in Norway and the Netherlands. They were wearing identical wetsuits. The police never managed to identify them. This journalist did. A sad, true story, masterly reported and told.
The thrilling story of the obscure online marketplace Silk Road, often referred to as the Ebay for drugs. Created by one man in 2011, it created more than 1 billion dollars in sales before it was shut down by the FBI (but not before Silk Road’s founder allegedly hired a hitman to kill one of his employees the FBI had tracked down). Great reporting, great storytelling. This is part one, part two will be released on May 14.
Kerri asked friends: «Don’t tag our children» on Facebook. When friends asked why, she didn’t know how to answer them. She told some of them that «my dad did something terrible.»
«Just Google me.»
And they would. And then: «Oh.»
Kerri Rawsons father killed at least ten people and she has to live with it.
This is one of the rare kind of texts that has the potential to completely change your perspective. I’ve always struggled to wrap my head around Artificial Intelligence and the question of whether and when machines will be more intelligent than humans. It sure is a fascinating issue, but it always had this sci-fi out-of-touchiness; humans are notoriously bad at understanding exponential growth and thus far, no text had really helped me understand how we might get from Siri and Watson to superintelligent computers and immortality (or extinction) within a couple of decades. All of that changed when I read this two-part series. A stunner. In so many ways.
Do not listen right before going to bed. The story of a man, who – out of nothing – developed the urge to stab his wife and got cured by holding a knife to his therapist’s throat. And the story of a man who has been trapped in his own body for years, fully conscious without anyone knowing he was still here.