6 things we’re reading this weekend

Welcome to the latest installment of a series where we point you to what we’ve found fascinating, amazing, entertaining, and interesting this week.

This guy who loves to gamble played Draft Kings and lost a bunch of money: This article by Jay Caspian King for the New York Times is an in-depth look at what playing daily fantasy sports really looks like through the lens of someone who tried it all. The author has a minor gambling problem, which makes the piece that much more compelling—are these sites actually games of skill or chance? And what does the gambling aspect look like for someone who’s struggled with addiction in the past? [The New York Times] –Charlotte Wilder

Immigrants deliver the day: The Globe’s recent delivery issues have spurred a number of deeper looks at how exactly the paper reaches the doorsteps of Boston and beyond. This piece from Marcela García focuses on the actual people who every day work the thankless job of running papers to doorsteps in the cold, pitch-black of the night. Many of these low-wage workers, often immigrants, having finished the grueling early morning work, go on to second or third jobs, García reports. [The Boston Globe] –Nik DeCosta-Klipa

How The Bachelor came to be:The Bachelor season 20 kicked off with a bang (er, a Ben) Monday night. This New York magazine history of the show will make you feel like you totally know what’s happening behind the scenes while Bachelor Higgins flirts with Boston contestant Caila. [NYMag] –Alison Goldman


Lessons from Hollywood’s 10 biggest flops of 2015: Moviegoers largely took a pass on a film that was overly bro-y (Entourage). Another film failed to do justice to a nostalgic piece of 80s pop culture (Jem and the Holograms). And maybe it’s time for Johnny Depp to rethink his over-the-top routine (Mortdecai). How Hollywood got these and other movie so wrong. [The Washington Post] –Sanjay Salomon

Here’s a good question to ask yourself: “What am I willing to struggle for?’’ Author Mark Manson, who’s built a good following giving out relationship and life advice in podcasts, books, and blogs, authored this self-help piece on Quartz. Manson argues that an oft-asked existential question — “What do I want out of life?’’ — isn’t as important as you might think. Ask yourself this instead. [Quartz] –Dan Fogarty

The obsession with my cartoon avatar: Bitmoji is a silly app where you can create a mini-cartoon version of yourself with different emotions or sayings. But it’s more than just a a bit of fun—these little guys quickly become a reflection of who we are and add some needed personality to the staid text of most digital chats. [Slate] –Eric Levenson

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