What we like right now: A recommendations roundup from Slate writers and editors for the week of Sept. 21.

Here Are Our Favorite Reads From Around the Web This Week

Here Are Our Favorite Reads From Around the Web This Week

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Sept. 24 2015 2:44 PM

What We Like Right Now

The stories we liked from around the Web for the week of Sept. 21.

Trump, Barbie, and Pizza Rat.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photos by Getty Images, Shutterstock, and courtesy Mike Mozart/Creative Commons.

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Here are our favorite stories, podcasts, and videos from around the Web for the week of Sept. 21.

Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child” by James Vlahos, New York Times Magazine
This deeply reported and consistently engaging article documents Mattel's attempt to release a new talking Barbie that fuses the speech-recognition technology of Siri with a new feminist consciousness. It's full of intriguing details, the most peculiar of which may be that the doll has an opinion about My Bloody Valentine. —Jacob Brogan, Slate writer

‘This Goes All the Way to the Queen’: The Puzzle Book that Drove England to Madness” by Jess Zimmerman, Hazlitt
Zimmerman's essay on a puzzle book that obsessed me (and the rest of England) when I was growing up is fascinating and surprisingly profound. —Gabriel Roth, senior editor

Regarding Donald Trump and the Media ... ” by Daniel W. Drezner, Washington Post
Is the media paying attention to Donald Trump because he’s the front-runner, or is he the front-runner because the media is paying him so much attention? Drezner wonders if “the supply of Trump coverage creates its own demand.” —Rachael Larimore, senior editor

Stonewall Is Terribly Offensive, and Offensively Terrible” by Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
Good reviews of bad movies are always fun to read, and Lawson’s Stonewall takedown reaches an especially entertaining level of vitriol. Favorite quote: “Stonewall is ultimately yet another cartoonish fantasy about white saviors and square-jawed heroes; it should be called Independence Gay.” —Claire Landsbaum, culture intern

I Am the Pizza Rat” by Silvia Killingsworth, New Yorker
As the Pizza Rat swept the Internet this week, the New Yorker was on it. His name is Paul. He lives in the East Village. This is his story. —Alison Griswold, staff writer

And here are some of the pieces Slatesters are sharing on Twitter:

—Kids columnist Melinda Wenner Moyer liked Amy Harmon's “fascinating exploration of cryonics.”
—Vault blogger Rebecca Onion tweets: “A historian's argument: Smokey Bear has outlived his usefulness and should retire.”
—Political columnist John Dickerson likes this “great story on an exciting new discovery on how to improve attention in a distracted world.”
—Science and health editor Laura Helmuth says Hari Kunzru’s New York Times piece on Cameron and the pig “is brilliant on class and getting away with murder.”
—War Stories columnist Fred Kaplan tweeted: “Fascinating obit of the man who ruined the bagel.”
—And Bitwise columnist David Auerbach calls this piece “one of Clickhole's best.”