Maple, Jacobin, and Twitter’s 10th Birthday: Today’s Recommended Reading


Here at Flavorwire, we pride ourselves on not only writing some of the best content on the Internet, but keeping an eye on all of the great writing that other folks on the ‘Net are doing, too. Today, we have a piece “celebrating” Twitter’s tenth birthday, a profile of online-only food delivery service Maple, a story about the nature of sex work in the U.S., and an explainer on Jacobin, a leftist magazine that’s making waves among the Sanders set.

Fast Company profiled Maple, a New York-based delivery-only restaurant that’s become popular — especially among folks here at Flavorpill Media — for delivering fast, not unhealthy meals.

When Maple launched its first location in April, it served around 50 meals per hour at peak times. Less than a year later, on average it is now serving 800 meals per hour from each of its four kitchens. A few days before I visited in February, it had set a new record: 1,100 meals cooked and delivered in one hour.

GQ released its first two pieces in a week-long series about Twitter, which launched 10 years ago today. We’re including Drew Magary’s diatribe about why he’ll never quit the service, even though he hates it.

Despite every opportunity to die, Twitter is still, frustratingly, Earth’s ideal live blog. It’s faster than Google and less cumbersome than Facebook. The original 140-character tweet represents the perfect amount of reading I would like to do online. And, most important, I’ve wasted far too much time gathering followers to ever abandon it. I put years into that shit.

Vox wrote a profile on Socialist magazine Jacobin, which has tapped into the rise of aggressively leftist Democrats inspired (incited?) by Bernie Sanders.

Jacobin is a 501(c)(3) and as such does not endorse candidates, but its coverage has been very favorable to Sanders. As early as May last year, Sunkara praised his candidacy, writing that it “could be a way for socialists to regroup, organize together, and articulate the kind of politics that speaks to the needs and aspirations of the vast majority of people. And it could begin to legitimate the word ‘socialist,’ and spark a conversation around it, even if Sanders’s welfare-state socialism doesn’t go far enough.”

New York published a longform article about the state of sex work in U.S., and dove into the debate around decriminalizing prostitution.

The debate has highlighted a rift among feminists, pitting two deeply held beliefs against each other. One side argues that women should be free economic agents, capable of making choices in their own self-interest, empowered to own their sexuality and use their bodies however they choose. If Chelsea Lane wants to become a sex worker, why shouldn’t she be allowed to do it legally? Those on the other side believe that the Chelsea Lanes of the world are a tiny fraction of sex workers and that many who “choose” this life are not choosing freely or choosing at all. And, even for someone like Lane, how can that choice ever be untangled from society’s persistent cultural misogyny and inequality?