The Best Stuff We Read This Week: 1/22

The Washington Post: The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy, by Roberto Ferdman

Almost every day since I've been able to do so, I've swabbed the inside of both ears after showering. Apparently this  is akin to sticking your tongue in a bag of nails. Bad boy lifestyle, I guess.

"Q-tips are one of the only, if not the only, major consumer products whose main purpose is precisely the one the manufacturer explicitly warns against."

The New York Times: Desperate for Slumber in Delhi, Homeless Encounter a ‘Sleep Mafia’, by Ellen Barry

“Look, sleep is the most demanding master there is; no one can stop it when it has chosen to arrive,” Jamaal says in the film. “We were the first to recognize the sheer economic might of sleep.”

The A.V. Club: Now that’s what I call an oral history of Now That’s What I Call Music!, by Lauren Duca

Believe it or not, the NOW! music franchise wasn't borne of a desire to indoctrinate our children with the teachings of Harvey Danger.

The Washington PostThis NBA veteran sold crack to help escape his home town. Now he wants to heal it., by Fred Katz

"Evans, whose family couldn’t afford true Thanksgiving dinners when he was growing up, has organized annual turkey giveaways to feed local families for the holiday. He puts together food drives throughout the rest of the year, some specifically for the housing projects in which he was raised."

WIRED: Inside Facebook's Ambitious Plan To Connect The Whole World, by Jessi Hempel

Is Mark Zuckerberg a savior for the third world, or a Bond villain come to life? We won't know for sure until we know for sure.

GOLF: Inside the Complicated Mind of Kevin Na: A Case Study in the Frailty of a Golfer's Psyche, by Alan Shipnuck

"Besides his mental battles, Na was being held back by a longtime swing flaw, what in Tour parlance is known as 'f------ the cow.' On the downswing his hips tended to slide toward the ball, leaving the club trapped behind his body, a position that can produce alarmingly wild shots."

The Washington Post: ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza knows you’re listening, and it drives her to work harder, by Barry Svrluga

A particularly knowledgeable, sharp, and funny baseball commentator arrived on the scene in 2015. Spoiler alert: It's a girl!

Vulture: Every Pop-Culture Reference Kanye West Has Ever Made, by Paul Thompson

Bonus! This came out last week, but it's probably too long to consume in one sitting. |ES|

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