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The Linkstravaganza: Saturday Morning Edition

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You know what goes well with a leisurely cup of coffee on a weekend morning? A piping-hot pile of links, that's what! Happy reading.

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What’s the best TV pilot of the last five years? The Ringer staff weighs in with their choices.

Also on the Ringer, author Michael MacCambridge examines Sports Illustrated’s past to ponder its future, as the legendary magazine is up for sale for the second time in a year. Incredible tidbit: Back in 1984, SI had the chance to buy up a television network that was being shopped around. That network? ESPN. The rest, as they say…

And speaking of SI, there’s no way around it: The magazine does not have a good website. Auto-play videos with sound are basically the scourge of humanity. But this collection of sports media figures’ advice to their younger selves is, if a little sappy, also a little bit inspiring.

The New York Times’ Catrin Einhorn and Rachel Abrams talk to servers in restaurants across the country, who often navigate the balance between being harassed at work and not earning the tips that are a vital part of their income.

Scott Galloway makes the capitalist case for breaking up “The Four” big tech firms—Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google—in Esquire.

The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz explores Reddit’s ongoing quest to walk the line between allowing free speech online and making people feel welcome and safe.

At The Verge, Megan Farokhmanesh pulls back the curtain on Telltale Games, which in a five-year span went from an upstart studio shocking the world with a fresh take on video games to a company plagued by toxic management, 20-hour workdays, and huge staff layoffs.

New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin examines what the world would look like if banks took the lead on controlling the sale of guns, rather than leaving the responsibility to the government.

Katie Thomas of the New York Times and Charles Ornstein of ProPublica join forces to bring you the stories of Americans struggling under the weight of oppressively high prescription drug prices.

Julia Turshen writes for Eater about why cookbooks are the right place to start if we want to address racial disparity in the food industry. Related must-read: Michael Twitty on the privilege of Thug Kitchen.

Don’t know your way around the world of private equity, the $2.5 trillion industry that is taking over companies left and right? Splinter's Hamilton Nolan has a guide for you.

Netflix recommendation of the week: New Girl just returned for its final season on Fox. Maybe this is a good time to catch up on the previous six?

And finally this week: Slate’s Heather Schwedel examines the newest trend in the world of memes—”object labeling”—and what it says about the state of communication in 2018.

-Sean McGoey