…a selection of longer reads for the weekend
Gabriel Thompson tries out life as a low-wage temp for Mother Jones:
In the two weeks that I spend working out of Oakland’s Labor Ready branch, my ‘honest pay’ tops out at $8.75 an hour. I’ll clean a yard for a trucking firm, scrape industrial glue from cement floors for a construction company, and screw on the caps of bottles at a massage oil company whose ‘Making Love’ line is a bestseller. I’ll also move heavy tools for a multinational corporation that repairs boilers on ships and be asked to serve food at Oakland As games for Aramark, a $13 billion powerhouse. I wasn’t able to take that one, but if I had, I would have been earning $8 an hour next to unionized workers making $14.30.
The late Christopher Hitchens on George Orwell in Vanity Fair
Stephen Rodrick travels to an oil boom town in Dakota in Men’s Journal
On Slate, William McGowan on how the NYPD busted an extortion ring that preyed on gay men in the 1960s
Compiled by @TomasRuta