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Monday, June 20, 2016

The Big Hack, by Reeves Wiedeman, New York Magazine

The day cars drove themselves into walls and the hospitals froze. A scenario that could happen based on what already has.

The Internet-y Novel, by Houman Barekat, Los Angeles Review of Books

The debut novel by Natasha Stagg, a fashion writer and essayist based in Brooklyn, joins the discussion by way of a cautionary tale of love and internet celebrity.

Vampires Drive Sports Cars In The Suicide Motor Club, by Samantha Nelson, A.V. Club

Vampires are typically envisioned as static creatures, holding sway over mortals for centuries from the comfort of a grand manor castle. Christopher Buehlman’s latest novel, The Suicide Motor Club, takes the undead out of the realm of gothic horror stories and turns them into the stuff of urban legend, monsters that crisscross America’s highways, drinking blood and ruining lives.

Pornucopia, by Maria Konnikova, Aeon

We shouldn’t be worrying about whether pornography has negative repercussions on society. We should be worrying about the kind of society that would lead to the types of pornography we find distasteful in the first place – and work on fixing that society rather than blaming its inevitable result.