The FADER Weekend Reading List

An Oregon Trail oral history, a Macedonian fake news complex, and the hidden costs of cheap eats lists.

February 17, 2017
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The Forgotten History of 'The Oregon Trail,' As Told By Its Creators

Kevin Wong, Motherboard


There comes a time when reminiscing is a necessary respite from all-encompassing chaos. Remember the educaitonal '90s computer game Oregon Trail? Motherboard got a hold of its creators and they recounted how the legendary computer game came to be.

The Strange Case Of The Russian Diplomat Who Got His Head Smashed In On Election Day

Ali Watkins, BuzzFeed

Sergei Krivov is the Russian diplomat who was found dead on Election Day, 2016 under mysterious circumstances, and whose name was revealed for the first time in this BuzzFeed report. Although consular officials changed their story of how Krivov died (at first they said he'd fallen from a roof, then they said he'd died of a heart attack), NYPD closed the case. Watkins delved into the whole shady story.

Remy Ma Never Rests

Sheldon Pearce, The FADER

"We have to end the private prison system," said New York rapper Remy Ma in this candid interview. She and Pearce also talked about the women she met on the inside and the forthcoming solo record that will tell all.

Inside The Macedonian Fake News Complex

Samanth Subramanian, WIRED

In Veles, Macedonia, there's a person named Boris who runs a website called Daily Interesting Things. "In the final weeks of the US presidential election," Subramanian wrote, "Veles attained a weird infamy in the most powerful nation on earth; stories in The Guardian and on BuzzFeed revealed that the Macedonian town of 55,000 was the registered home of at least 100 pro-Trump websites, many of them filled with sensationalist, utterly fake news."

Why Is This Sex Worker In Jail For Surviving?

Crystal Stella Becerril, The FADER

Alisha Walker is serving a 15-year sentence after killing a client who came at her with a knife. She says it was self-defense. Becerril spoke with Walker and her supporters in order to tell her story.

When Immigrants Are No Longer Considered Americans

Hua Hsu, The New Yorker

Hua Hsu's newest personal essay is about being the grandchild of an immigrant, and the stuff of the past that Trump has dredged up in his immigration rhetoric: "President Trump’s aggressive stance on immigration, predicated on the language of 'aliens' and real Americans," Hsu wrote, "has given internment, and the broader history of Asians in the United States, a new relevance. Taken as a whole, this history vividly chronicles the shifting horizons of citizenship."

Also from The New Yorker this week: Losing A Son In The New York State Prisons

Cheap Eats, Cheap Labor: The Hidden Human Costs Of Those Lists

Diep Tran, NPR

Tran explains how and why those "cheap eats" roundups are actually exploitative of immigrant businesses and labor: "Immigrant food is often expected to be cheap, because, implicitly, the labor that produces it is expected to be cheap, because that labor has historically been cheap."

Why Do Men Put on Basketball Shorts After Sex?

Rebecca Jennings, Racked

Inspired by last year's Jezebel story, “Why Do So Many Men Whisper ‘Hey.’ After Fucking You?”, this is a collection of interviews with a bunch of men and women about the curious and divisive phenomenon that is men putting on basketball shorts after sex. A brilliant investigation into an otherwise-banal perplexity.

The FADER Weekend Reading List