The FADER Weekend Reading List

Featuring POTUS, private prisons, Blake Lively, and more.

June 24, 2016
The FADER Weekend Reading List Illustration by Leah Mandel / Andrew H. Walker, Alberto Pizzoli, Ian Gavan, Al Messerschmidt / Getty
The Unbearable Blakeness Of Lively

Teo Bugbee, MTV


I'm really into this insane piece about why Blake Lively will forever be the most popular girl in school. She cannot be stopped. 👸🏼

Bill Cunningham’s Big Gay Heart

Dan Shaw, The Cut

"Looking back at his work, I’d say that all of Bill’s photographs are actually valentines," writes Shaw, in this move-you-to-tears piece that is essentially a love letter to iconic photographer Bill Cunningham. "They’re how he shows his affection for the people of New York who love and revere him in return."

If You Want To Feel Hope About The Internet Again, Read This Book

Will Stephenson, The FADER

Virginia Hefferman wrote a book called Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, about why the internet is "civilization's greatest masterpiece." This is the interview that proves it's a must-read.

The City That Bleeds

Lawrence Jackson, Harper's Magazine

A long, moving letter from Baltimore about the city's makeup in the midst of the Freddie Gray trials.

Vince Staples, Regular Genius

Jeff Weiss, The FADER

One of our Summer Issue's cover stars Vince Staples grew up in North Long Beach, California. It was his whole world, but now that he's escaped its grip, he just wants to be a normal 22-year-old guy.

My Four Months As A Private Prison Guard

Shane Bauer, Mother Jones

Riot squads, stabbings, beatings, and more. An absolutely terrifying account of what it's like to be a prison guard at a private prison, from a journalist who became a prison guard himself to find out about the inner workings of "an industry that holds 131,000 of the nation's 1.6 million prisoners."

The ‘Anti-Business’ President Who’s Been Good for Business


While Donald Trump spouts lies about his "great" moneymaking abilities, our current president has actually been good for the American economy. For POTUS's cover story, the folks at Bloomberg BusinessWeek spoke to President Obama on free trade, bank regulation, and why Malia and Sasha definitely don't have Wall Street in their futures. Plus, gorgeous portraits from former FADER staffer Geordie Wood.

The FADER Weekend Reading List