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The Linkstravaganza: Kick Back and Relax Edition

Rather than trying to parse through the ramblings of Donald Trump as transcribed by the staff of The New York Times (seriously, kudos to their team for managing to work through that), let's talk about some other good stuff to read this week.

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First up: The Verge looks at the controversy swirling around whether or not Spotify is promoting “fake” artists to game its own royalty system.

While you’re there, check out this piece to learn a little bit about how Spotify’s marketing team categorizes you based on your listening habits. They think I'm a "fitness enthusiast," which means they might not have any goddamn clue what they're talking about.

We have a lot of ideas about which directors make the best movies. Well, Philip Mattocks crunched the numbers for the Medium site Towards Data Science to put those assumptions to the test.

The New York Times’ David Waldstein explores the life of former NBA player Jackson Vroman, who died in 2015 after a basketball career that took him to Lebanon and Iran.

Geoff Edgers of The Washington Post checks in on the electric guitar industry, which has struggled mightily over the last decade.

Speaking of industries that are potentially in trouble, Fred Minnick wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about how President Trump’s plan to tax foreign imports could lead to a retaliation that would affect the bourbon industry.

I know if I just post this VICE headline here, I’m giving you a chance to not read the article at all, but apparently this needs to be said: “Exorcisms Are Not a Substitute for Healthcare.”

Harvard professor Mihir Desai explores the different models of capitalism explored by Apple and Google for The Atlantic, and considers their impact on the future of the economy.

Ever think about our reliance on screens and what it’s doing to us? Nest founder Tony Fadell does all the time.

And lastly this week, there are about 1,000 rape kits that have gone untested for years in Detroit. A few local breweries are doing their part to help change that.

-Sean McGoey