Weekend Reading - May 23rd

This week's round-up of things to read while you're waiting for Sunday's MTL > NYR game to start, or just lazing about in the sunshine this weekend. 

The Secret Life of an Obsessive AirBnB Host

We used AirBnB to find places to stay all the way through Europe in February, and while I can't recommend it enough, this article was a funny/insightful/terrifying glimpse into the world of hosts vs. guests. Is this what everyone is doing while we're sleeping in their borrowed bedrooms?

"Courtney asked if it was my first time, which snapped me from my daymare. “Uh, yeah. The Airbnb photographer was just here a few days ago,” I replied. She flashed a knowing smile and the sight of her exposed teeth raised my awareness of how clammy my hands were. First contact with a flesh-and-blood guest had unexpectedly triggered a blind-date fight-or-flight response." 

Twenty-Eight Feet: Life on a Little Wooden Boat

We had a long talk with friends in the woods this past weekend about life on boats. Not a read, but a must-watch if you've ever had a fondness for forts, adventures, and life on the water. Everybody should have their own Lizzy Belle and an adventure like this at least once.

Why Libraries Matter

This documentary really highlights the important role that libraries play in our cities. So important, and something we never really talk about. Libraries were such a big part of my life growing up, and they're an essential public service so often overlooked and undervalued.

The Los Angeles Review of Cups

Every new Chipotle "story cup" gets it's own thorough review.

"Chipotle anticipates that it will take about two minutes to read each of its new pieces (though I found some to be quite a bit meatier than others). This raises a further question: can Jonathan Safran Foer, or anyone, eat a Chipotle lunch in two minutes? Those burritos are the size of a person’s head! I do not believe it would be at all advisable to eat one even in four minutes (cup, bag.) Also, the idea of a two-minute reading experience seems suspiciously like another of The Man’s attempts to make employees feel guilty for doing anything but working every second of every day. The four-minute lunch! I can already see it coming. "

How YouTube and Internet Journalism Destroyed Tom Cruise, Our Last Real Movie Star

The Internet finally had the tools to feed us an endless buffet of fluff, chopping up real events to flashy — and sometimes false — moments that warped our cultural memory. The first star to stumble in front of the knives was the biggest actor in the world — and the one who'd tried the hardest not to trip.