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A No Good, Very Bad Startup Interview, the (Kind-of) Return of the Concorde and More #Mustreads

A truly horrifying job interview with the startup Handy, the resurrection of the supersonic jet and more.

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  1. Bad job interviews are a fact of life. This story from The Billfold, though, is something else entirely. A harrowing tale of casual racism, misogyny and how the sausage gets made in the Instant Gratification Economy, all in the space of one day-length interview for a job with the startup Handy.
  2. Breaking the hearts of aviation enthusiasts and wealthy people everywhere, the supersonic Concorde jet made its last flight in 2003. But for those of you with $100 million to burn, it’s your lucky day: The billionaire Robert Bass and Airbus are teaming up to give needy rich folks of the world their very own supersonic jet by 2021. Read more at Jalopnik’s Flight Club.
  3. Thought Catalog is a website that publishes lots of lightly edited (being generous here) twenty-something confessionals, how-tos and jeremiads. They are mostly bad. Thought Catalog also has nearly 40 million unique monthly page views, making it one of the most widely read websites in the world. The Washington Post’s Tim Herrera took a deep dive into the infamous troll-hole and why the business of bad writing is so lucrative.
  4. If you’ve ever been in an argument on the Internet, there’s a high chance that a man (yes, a man) told you “you’re censoring my free speech, dude.” Actually, you’re not, but you already knew that. But with the GamerGate mobs reaching a fever pitch of awful, it’s a common refrain that the PC Police and Social Justice Warriors of the Internet are cracking down on free speech. The Cut’s Kat Stoeffel capably explains why that’s horseshit.
  5. Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, described by New Yorker editor David Remnick as “the most charismatic and consequential newspaper editor of postwar America,” died at age 93 yesterday. You will see many remembrances for Bradlee today, and you should start with this one from Remnick himself, who has a great anecdote about working with Bradlee — Remnick began his journalism career as an intern in the Post’s famous Style section. Read through to the end.

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