Vouched Dating and Meta Pop
Harry Styles just endorsed Beto O'Rourke at Texas Concert; women are registering to vote in huge numbers in response to the Roe decision; Reddit thinks Credit Suisse is about to collapse; and Kanye’s YZYSZN9 presentation in Paris was predictably controversial.
EVERY MAN AT THIS PARTY IS VOUCHED FOR, thecut
In the spring, 28-year-old Los Angeles native Paola Sanchez started a group called “Vouched Dating — Good and Verified Guys” for those tired of “f*ckboys, liars, and manipulators in NYC.” Over 6,000 women have joined, advertising their old boyfriends, younger brothers, and platonic childhood friends.
BUMBLE IS TESTING A SPEED DATING FEATURE WHERE USERS CHAT BEFORE MATCHING, techcrunch
This actually sounds really fun: The dating app has been quietly testing a speed-dating feature in its U.K. market. On designated nights, users can chat briefly with other singles before they’ve seen their photo or matched. If the chat goes well, users can choose to match to keep the conversation going.
GAYLE, AND THE RISE OF META-POP, newyorker
A lot of people have written about the impact of TikTok on the music industry, but no one has written as thoughtfully as the New Yorker’s Carrie Battan.
Marketing was once an unsavory industry by-product left to the record labels, but now it’s an essential skill set for fresh talent. Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, learned of Leah Kate’s music through Indify, a music-data startup he’d invested in. He forged a business partnership with her, and praised her propensity for self-promotion.
AT N.Y.U., STUDENTS WERE FAILING ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. WHO WAS TO BLAME?, nyt
Maitland Jones Jr., who has been recognized as one of N.Y.U.’s coolest professors, lost his job after students signed a petition that his class was too hard. As the Times puts it, “this one unhappy chemistry class could be a case study of the pressures on higher education as it tries to handle its Gen Z student body.
THE OTHERWORLDLY FRENCH TEENAGER WHO HAS THE NBA SALIVATING, wsj
In footage proliferating on Twitter and Reddit from exhibition games or domestic-league matchups in France, 7-foot-4 Victor Wembanyama, a 18-year-old from Nanterre, does things that don’t seem possible.