Things I Read That I Love #308: I Have Spent Many Lonely Nights Zombie-ing Around the Target on Flamingo

HELLO and welcome to the 308th installment of Things I Read That I Love, wherein I share with you some of the longer-form journalism/essays I’ve read recently so that you can know more about Las Vegas!! This “column” is less feminist/queer focused than the rest of the site because when something is feminist/queer focused, I put it on the rest of the site. Here is where the other things are.

The title of this feature is inspired by the title of Emily Gould’s tumblr, Things I Ate That I Love.


The People of Las Vegas, by Amanda Fortini for The Believer, February 2020

It was SO kind of this human being to write exactly a story I have wanted to read for so long, which is non-fiction about Vegas, a city whose existence and history I’ve always found fascinating. Also partially because for some reason I have been there 13 times despite not really having any particular fondness for it? You guys I have been to Vegas with… five different girlfriends/boyfriends

The Amusement Park Revolution, by Hal Sundt for The Ringer, February 2020

Wow, yet another piece that hits all my sweet spots! This one is really looking at this new generation of truly immersive rides and what that says about the industry and fandom and everything.

How Natasha Lyonne Battled Her Demons — and Won, by Alex Morris for Rolling Stone, March 2020

You can basically hear her saying every line she says in this piece.

The Word from Wuhan, by Wang Xiuying for The London Review of Books, March 2020

When I read this piece last week it felt so far away.

Replaying My Shame, by Emily Gould for The Cut, February 2020

Again: for me.

Deliverance, by Lauren Markham for The Atavist, March 2020

The case of Christina Boyer, a possible telekenetic who’s imprisoned for the murder of her daughter, a crime she insists she did not commit.

Katie Hill, After the Scandal, by Caitlin Moscatello for The Cut, March 2020

“Her rise to Congress heralded the arrival of a new and modern political generation. And then the pictures leaked.”

This Backpack Has It All: Kevlar, Batteries, and a Federal Investigation, by Ashley Carman for The Verge

This guy said he was gonna build this backpack that served so many functions but maybe it was just like, batteries in pockets? He raised money for it on kickstarter. Anyhow he didn’t make it. why not.

High on Hate, by Patrick Strudwick for Buzzfeed, February 2020

The arrest of Ed Buck is finally making space to discuss a chronic issue in LGBT communities and how rich white men are using meth to control and harm vulnerable black queer people who are lured in by solicitations for “party n play.” A three-part series. Very good, very important.

Riese is the 38-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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6 Comments

    • omg this is why they hound us for refills!!!?? i literally get a text from walgreens every day. my doctor changed my prescription and every day they text or call me telling me to get a refill on the one i don’t take anymore. they often automatically fill things i don’t want. knowing that that’s part of what’s causing the mayhem is really making my head explode.

      • That article is 100% reality. The obsession with metrics is ridiculous. Call your walgreens (or just tell them next time you pick up) and tell them them you don’t take [x] medication and “could you please close out [x] prescription?” Specifically tell them you want to “close out” the prescription – you should not be notified about it anymore after they do this. They can also remove auto-refills for you. They can opt you out of refill reminders, if you want. This is all assuming the technician is not in training.

        alternately you could email me more info and I can do these things for you if you wanted

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