PICKS are stories from many sources, selected by our editors or recommended by our readers because they are important, surprising, troubling, enlightening, inspiring, or amusing. They appear on our site and in our daily newsletter. Please send suggested articles, videos, podcasts, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gig Economy on Trial in Europe (Dan)
Last week Uber lost its license to operate in the UK. Now other cases against contract “gig” work, which has little-to-no government oversight, are popping up across mainland Europe.
Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber (Russ)
In the fall of 1958 Theodore Kaczynski, a brilliant but vulnerable boy of sixteen, entered Harvard College.
Vietnam at Home (Reader Steve)
Craig McNamara is the son of Robert McNamara, the “architect” of the Vietnam war. This article details his impressions from both then and now.
Did Facebook Just Censor for the Chinese Government? (Dan)
Guo Wengui is a Chinese exile living in the US. He is a scourge to his former homeland’s government, publishing vicious and embarrassing stories about China’s ruling elite on social media. Facebook just suspended his account.