Long Reads Of The Week: Hitch, Vinyl And The Art Of Getting High

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | Worried all these Wi-Fi, radio and telephone signals zinging about the air are bad for you? The Washingtonian’s Michael J. Gaynor reports on the community apparently allergic to any and all electricity (dubbed “electrosensitives”) who are flocking to Green Bank, West Virginia - the remote American town where Wi-Fi is illegal.

2 | Writing for The Guardian, John Harris reports from Röbel, 90 miles north of Berlin, where vinyl printing press Optimal are working with machines leftover from the fall of the Soviet Union, and badly in need of repair. With new machines vastly unaffordable, is the vinyl renaissance about to out-grow its capacity to support itself

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3 | One from the archives: Christopher Hitchens discusses "The Case For Mocking Religion", written after the original publication of a cartoon of the prohet Mohammed in Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005. 

4 | The New Yorker offers a celebratory profile of the city’s greatest sociologist/jazz aficionado Howard Becker, unwravelling how he crafted a career of studying the “conventions of the unconventional”, including exploring why people choose to break the rules, and arguing that when it comes to drugs, it’s not enough just to inhale, you “have to learn to get high”.

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5 | What would be the ideal conditions for you to quit your office job and go freelance? NYMag’s Jennifer Senior explores the subject of “opportunity entrepreneurs” (those who spot a chance and go out on their own) versus “necessity entrepreneurs” (those forced into self-employment), asking “what do we give up when we all become freedom-seeking, self-determining, autonomous entrepreneurs?”.