Editor’s Picks — Nov. 18, 2011

Here are some conversation starters for this weekend, curated by me from around the web.

Obama’s Flunking Economy: The Real Cause,” by Ezra Klein.
What happened to the promise of Barack Obama’s presidency? Ezra Klein investigates.
New York Review of Books.
Nov. 24, 2011.

The End of Cheap Coffee,” by Zak Stone
Climate change and your daily cup.
, Nov. 16, 2011

A Conspiracy of Hogs: The McRib as Aribtrage,” by Willy Stanley.
The economics of McDonald’s.
The Awl, Nov. 9, 2011.

Rebecca Corian: Lost at Sea,” by Jon Ronson.
When Rebecca Coriam vanished from the Disney Wonder in March, hers became one of the 171 mysterious cruise ship disappearances in the past decade. So what happened? Jon Ronson booked himself a cabin to find out.
The Guardian, Nov. 11, 2011.

The Fracturing of Pennsylvania,” by Eliza Griswold.
Fracking divides a community between those who profit and those who pay the price.
The New York Times Magazine, Nov. 17, 2011

I Survived a Midnight Showing of Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1,” by Scott Meslow.
A man with no prior experience of Twilight braves opening night.
The Atlantic, Nov. 18, 2011.

Here’s a Thoroughly Annotated Slideshow of ‘The Simpsons’ Food Episode." [slideshow]
Eater, Nov. 14, 2011.


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