Max Genecov

Freelance Journalist

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Nytimes
12/13/2018
Letter of Recommendation: Stuffed Animals

Letter of Recommendation Every night I spend a few minutes catching up with my friends. I saw them during the day - maybe one rode along with me on my long commute, or relaxed nearby while I worked from home. But this last check-in closes the evening nicely.

Pacific Standard
03/05/2018
How Ken Layne Created a Publishing Oasis in a Desert Town of 8,000 People

On a clear Wednesday morning in January, Ken Layne arrives at his tiny converted homesteader cabin office of the Desert Oracle in Joshua Tree, California, to find a very fat dead cat outside the front door. Layne doesn't know to whom the cat belongs-well, belonged-or why the cat was left dead on his porch, but there it is.

Grist
01/29/2019
The 'Erin Brockovich' town is still toxic (and nearly abandoned)

It was a sweltering, 117-degree July day in Hinkley, California. The surface of the 13-mile highway east to Barstow had become an asphalt skillet, and the town's lone recreational feature, a children's playscape, stood shining and unused like a monument to the lofty melting point of low-density polyethylene.

The Outline
The "normal science" of Stephen Hawking's final paper

Stephen Hawking, who died this March at the age of 76, was a physicist from another time. He had more in common with the celebrity scientists of the first half of the 20th century - especially the politically-inclined scientist-intellectuals like Robert Oppenheimer, Richard Feynman, and Enrico Fermi who came out of the Manhattan Project - than he did with any of his contemporaries.

JSTOR Daily
10/10/2018
The Man behind the "New Man" | JSTOR Daily

There is no place to start with Otto Weininger other than his death. A recently graduated Viennese philosophy student, Weininger published an expanded version of his thesis under the title Sex and Character to­ very little fanfare. Four months later, he rented a room in the house where Beethoven died.

Pacific Standard
07/05/2018
How Desert Advocates Are Trying to Protect the Landscape They Love

The number of visitors to Joshua Tree National Park has doubled in the past four years, an increase that spells trouble for local flora and fauna. But as tourism has increased, so have the numbers of conscious residents and conservation efforts.

Polygon
08/22/2018
The R-rated ambition of Jim Henson

One day in 1985, while Jim Henson was wrapping up Labyrinth, a young Swedish filmmaker entered a boardroom to pitch Henson and his straight-laced British producer Duncan Kenworthy on a new movie. The filmmaker wanted Jim Henson Creature Shop to build fantastical-yet-lifelike animals for a movie called Animal Farm.

The Outline
The best internet is "Weird Heathcliff" internet

If you encounter some kind of Highlander scenario and you need to choose one and only one orange comic strip cat to be in your life, it should be Heathcliff. (Hobbes, being a tiger and also a doll, does not count.)

The Outline
Why interstellar travel is so damn hard

Ever since we imagined the technological sophistication to send ourselves hurtling at escape velocity away from the Earth and toward some unknown pinprick of light in the unending vacuum of open space, obsessive individuals and paranoid governments have spent billions of dollars trying to figure out how to get as far away from our home planet as possible.

The Outline
11/14/2017
Please, please, please, let me get Waluigi

In the giant concrete parking structure abutting the Los Angeles Convention Center, nearly two hours before E3 began there on June 12, I held back in my car a little longer to watch the Nintendo Direct livestream where the company announced the details of upcoming releases.

Slate Magazine
04/11/2018
Rabbit Holes: Why I Love to Fill and Abandon Online Sale Shopping Carts

Rabbit Holes is a recurring in which writers pay homage to the diversity and ingenuity of the ways we procrastinate now. To pitch your personal rabbit hole, email [email protected] Junk email is a blessing. First of all, I can summarily delete most of it, swinging through with my electronic scythe, and feel a great deal of accomplishment for very little effort.

The Outline
What will happen if the government stops funding astronomy?

Astronomy today is impossible without giant billion-dollar space projects. To study, say, gamma-ray bursts - the supremely energetic deaths of giants stars and merged neutron stars - an astronomer would take data mostly from the Swift Observatory, a space telescope that was launched into space in 2004 at a bargain price of $250 million.