‘A way of monetizing poor people’: How private equity firms make money offering loans to cash-strapped Americans

The check arrived out of the blue, issued in his name for $1,200, a mailing from a consumer finance company. Stephen Huggins eyed it carefully. A loan, it said. Smaller type said the interest rate would be 33 percent….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/a-way-of-monetizing-poor-people-how-private-equity-firms-make-money-offering-loans-to-cash-strapped-americans/2018/07/01/5f7e2670-5dee-11e8-9ee3-49d6d4814c4c_story.html

Inside the Final Days of Robin Williams

Robin Williams’s August 2014 suicide was devastating to those who knew him best—and it also came at the end of a long and difficult decline, as this excerpt from New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff’s new biography, Robin, demonstrates….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/robin-williams-death-biography-dave-itzkoff-excerpt

Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM

For nearly a half century, IBM came as close as any company to bearing the torch for the American Dream. As the world’s dominant technology firm, payrolls at International Business Machines Corp. swelled to nearly a quarter-million U.S. white-collar workers in the 1980s….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://features.propublica.org/ibm/ibm-age-discrimination-american-workers/

Look at me: why attention-seeking is the defining need of our times

There is a famous Jewish mother joke. You’ve heard it before. Question: How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer: “Ah no, I’ll just sit in the dark. Don’t worry about me.” It’s funny, at least the first time, because people do behave like this….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/05/crimes-of-attention-stalkers-killers-jihadists-longing

For decades, Western culture touted self-esteem. It got the most important thing wrong

What would you guess people are most stressed out about in their careers? One might assume that hating your job, or dealing with the frustration of finding a new one, would top the list….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://qz.com/1041679/for-decades-western-culture-touted-self-esteem-it-got-the-most-important-thing-wrong/

The new rock stars: Inside today’s golden age of comedy

[This story has been optimized for offline reading on our apps. For a richer experience, you can find the full version of this story here. An Internet connection is required.] SAN FRANCISCO — Jerry Seinfeld stands in the wings, watching….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.washingtonpost.com/classic-apps/have-you-heard-the-one-about-stand-up-comedys-resurgence/2017/07/13/eb608698-5cf4-11e7-9b7d-14576dc0f39d_story.html