1 | The humble origins of the most iconic gadget of our times is traced in Fred Vogelstein's New York Times piece on Steve Jobs and the shaky first unveiling of the iPhone.
2 | This week, Canadian author Alice Munro was declared a "master of the contemporary short story" and awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here, Open Culture rounds up 12 of her short stories that you can read for free in the New Yorker and others.
3 | "Genesis stories tend to take on an outsize significance in Silicon Valley", writes Nick Bolton in the New York Times. Nevertheless, the story of how Twitter came to be is a fascinating tale of luck, ambition and brutal back-stabbing.
4 | Historian Dan Snow reports for the BBC on Democratic Republic of Congo, "a place seemingly blessed with every type of mineral, yet consistently rated lowest on the UN Human Development Index, where even the more fortunate live in grinding poverty". It's a harrowing account of how one of the most bountiful places on earth came to be trapped the world's bloodiest conflict since World War II.
5 | "Arthur Miller moved into #614 after his divorce from Marilyn Monroe. Bob Dylan wrote 'Sara' in #211; Janis Joplin fellated Leonard Cohen in #424" - the Chelsea Hotel in New York has housed so many cultural icons of the course of its history, it has become an icon in is own right. Here in Vanity Fair, Nathaniel Rich talks with past guests about what life was like in the most famous hotel in the world.