Need to Read: A Satirist's Take in the Middle East to a Suspensful Delve into Gaming the Lottery

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If you need to add something to your reading queue, check out our picks for the week here. 


The Middle East's "clusterfuck," as book reviewer Orly Minazad calls what's going on there, hardly seems a good source for comedy, but she loves how a skilled satirist from Egypt makes sense of the mess in Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring.

One must appreciate the fine reporting and suspenseful storytelling in this New York Times Magazine piece about a tech security genius who figured out how to game the lottery.

Clicks into votes? The Guardian gets an insider's explanation of how data-mining by scandal-scarred Cambridge Analytica turned pilfered social media information into winning political strategy.

If you're trying to lose weight or just be healthier, check out this MIT study, thanks to BigThink.com, which suggests that one day of fasting could kick-start your metabolism and provide a needed reboot of your internal chemistry.

If you're a fan of puns, as I am—the reader might recall that yours truly once worked for the punniest paper in the business—you'll probably appreciate this take from Esquire on the highest form of low humor.