Tuesday, November 7, 2023

What We're Reading - November, 2023

Here's a round-up of recent articles that the staff of the SFPL Magazines and Newspapers Center are reading. Access options for the articles are linked through the library's subscriptionsuse your library card to read for free.


Smoked Fish, Shaggy Hair and Tears: 8 Unforgettable Moments From Sam Bankman-Fried's Trial

Wall Street Journal, 2023, Nov 03

An interesting and amusing inside look at the spectacle of the Bankman-Fried trial.


San Francisco Chronicle, 2023, Nov 3

For any die-hard San Francisco voter, the name Ben Rosenfield is one you've seen on many a ballot over the years. This article pays tribute to his City budget wizardry, and wide-ranging respect. 


Spectacular Fall: [San Francisco] was on top, until it wasn't. But how broken is it, really?

New Yorker, 2023, Oct 23

Long-form piece probing the topics us locals have been following on a daily basis for several years.


"We're the Ones Who Hit You Up Before You Blow Up." 

There's a New Formula for Fame, and This Guy Understands It (Kinda). Inside a TikTok Talent Factory for Misfit Stars.

WIRED, 2023, Nov  

Long-form piece profiling one Ursus Magana, a TikTok talent manager who seems to have decoded the algorithm. In addition to explaining how TikTok works, the author of this article trains an observant eye on Magana's heritage and upbringing, making it a sort of ethnographic study as well as a tech tell-all.

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