Some longreads for you this week. Enjoy.
- Roff Smith and Elizabeth Dalziel of National Geographic have a special feature on London cabbies and “The Knowledge” that they have to acquire for the job. Learning all the streets, intersections, and landmarks in London actually physically transforms their brains.
- Writing for Jezebel’s Kitchenette blog, C.A. Pinkham tells of Botto Italian Bistro in Richmond, California, whose owners decided to give Yelp the finger by encouraging its patrons to post hilarious negative reviews of their restaurant.
- Finally, some serious stuff. Radley Balko of The Washington Post writes about how municipalities in St. Louis County, Missouri exploit and criminalize the lives of the poor, often through selective policing, unreasonable fines, and unfair legal proceedings. Prepare to be infuriated.
Okay, that’s it for this week. Buh-bye.