What we’re reading: A recommendations roundup from Slate writers and editors for the week of Oct. 12.

China’s Rich Kids, Tipping, and Taylor Swift: Great Reads From Around the Web

China’s Rich Kids, Tipping, and Taylor Swift: Great Reads From Around the Web

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What We’re Reading

The stories we liked from around the Web for the week of Oct. 12.

Taylor Swift, China's 1%, Danny Meyer.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Nir Elias/Reuters, Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

What We’re Reading is a curated list of great pieces from around the Web from Slate editors and writers, just for Slate Plus members. Here are our favorite stories for the week of Oct. 12:

Children of the Yuan Percent: Everyone Hates China’s Rich Kids” by Christopher Beam, Businessweek
This piece is smart, funny, and surprisingly poignant. You will be outraged at China’s rich kids, you will shake your head at their excesses, and you will end up feeling existentially sad for them. –Alison Griswold, business and economics writer

Taylor Swift’s Realest Interview Ever” by Chuck Klosterman, GQ
Klosterman’s thoughtful, sneaky-tough take on Taylor Swift is a small triumph of the celebrity-profile form. There’s a danger, when writing about Swift, of regurgitating tired narratives about her persona and process, but for the most part Klosterman avoids pontification and lets Taylor talk. The results puncture the façade of the most overexposed star on the planet. –Sharan Shetty, Brow Beat writer

Danny Meyer Is Eliminating All Tipping at His Restaurants and Significantly Raising Prices to Make Up the Difference, a Move That Will Raise Wages, Save the Hospitality Industry, and Forever Change How Diners Dine” by Ryan Sutton, Eater
Tipping is terrible—it's uncomfortable for the person tipping and detrimental to the person being tipped—so the news that Danny Meyer is getting rid of it at his influential restaurants is great. Diners will know how much they’re paying when they order and cooks will finely get paid a reasonable salary. Everyone wins. –Miriam Krule, assistant editor

Democrats Wasted Their Chance to Test Clinton” by Megan McArdle, BloombergView
As Megan McArdle points out, Clinton didn’t fare too well the last time she faced a tough debate opponent (Barack Obama). So if the men on the stage with her Tuesday night are angling for positions in her cabinet, it would behoove them to toughen her up rather than handle her with kid gloves. –Rachael Larimore, senior editor

Raiders of the Lost Web: If a Pulitzer-Finalist 34-Part Series of Investigative Journalism Can Vanish From the Web, Anything Can” by Adrienne LaFrance
Digital preservation has always seemed worthy and abstract to me, and I’ve had a hard time caring about it. This story made me care. We are building our house on sand, culturally speaking. –Gabriel Roth, Slate Plus editorial director

And if that’s not enough to read: