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December 9, 2016 8:10 AM   Subscribe

Businessweek have published their annual list of the stories they are most jealous of in other titles.

Previous lists are also up from 2013, 2014 and 2015.
posted by garlicsmack (12 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
 
The fact that they cited Breitbart's discussion of what the alt-right is is, to me, a testament not to Breitbart doing good work but to the complete failure of other publications to actually take this issue seriously and invest resources in covering it. But there's a lot of good stuff here.
posted by Sequence at 8:21 AM on December 9, 2016 [2 favorites]


They have the Dupont lawyer story listed twice. Editing!
posted by Autumnheart at 8:41 AM on December 9, 2016


There's only one story that appears twice on the list, and it's a doozy: The Lawyer Who Became DuPont's Worst Nightmare. A corporate lawyer, whose firm defends chemical companies, learns of livestock being poisoned on farms, and ends up instead suing one of the biggest chemical companies on the planet. Long story,but meticulously researched and a great read.

On preview: Arrgh, Autumnheart, beat me to it! Well, it's worth two listings!
posted by martin q blank at 8:45 AM on December 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


Autumnheart: "They have the Dupont lawyer story listed twice. Editing!"

One is the Dupont story, the other the Dupond story.
posted by chavenet at 8:49 AM on December 9, 2016 [6 favorites]


If the story is listed twice, it seems only appropriate that it should be called out twice.
posted by Autumnheart at 9:08 AM on December 9, 2016 [2 favorites]


The GQ article called "Inside the Government of The Federal Bureau of Way Too Many Guns," about the agency which is tasked with tracing guns using only slips of paper and microfiche (Thanks, NRA!) is amazing. What a clusterfuck. (They use that word.) Reading the Incredible Jumping Text GQ offers up as an interface is like reading a book with a toddler constantly turning pages for you, though.
posted by kozad at 9:34 AM on December 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


This is worth it just for the butter review. I don't know where Walter Green comes from, but I'm reading it in Daniel Pinkwater's voice.
posted by darksasami at 9:51 AM on December 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


I decide to forgo a knife and just bite it. I take several bites, actually, and stare out my window, hoping someone will see me, a grown man chomping down on a burrito of butter.

Butter madness! I actually have one of those canned butters, though I haven't yet tried it. I was just charmed by the idea of emergency butter.
posted by tavella at 11:13 AM on December 9, 2016


Perhaps owing to my Minnesotanness, I naturally got sucked into watching the Prince Hall of Fame performance for about the 93rd time. I don't know anything about technical ability when it comes to guitar, but to me, that performance is amazing because it starts out being a famous song performed very well by a lot of famous talent...but there's nothing special about it, it has Tribute Cover Song written all over it, nobody seems particularly enthused to be playing. But when Prince starts his solo, he not only seems to energize the song, but the other performers, until they all seem like they're having an awesome time rocking out together. I've seen a bunch of debates around the internet about whether Prince's solo was or wasn't technically great, but to me, his ability to light up the place with his playing is what made him great. I'm sure there are plenty of people who could replicate the solo, but the Prince-ness is what you can't replicate. Sigh. Okay, you've been dead long enough now, dude, we get the point. Time to get back here.
posted by Autumnheart at 11:42 AM on December 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


I misread this and clicked on the link thinking I would find a list of really clever article titles that journalists were jealous they hadn't thought of.

Stayed for the butter review.
posted by skewed at 12:56 PM on December 9, 2016


Was George Clooney's movie "Michael Clayton" based on the Dupont story?
"A corporate lawyer, whose firm defends chemical companies, learns of livestock being poisoned on farms, and ends up instead suing one of the biggest chemical companies on the planet. "
In the movie, the bad guys killed the lawyer.
However, Tilda Swinton was fantastic!
posted by Mesaverdian at 1:08 PM on December 10, 2016


I've seen a bunch of debates around the internet about whether Prince's solo was or wasn't technically great, but to me, his ability to light up the place with his playing is what made him great.

Absolutely. The stuff he played is by no means technically beyond most lead guitar players. No one except guitarists care about that anyway.
posted by thelonius at 1:13 PM on December 10, 2016


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