On Life Expectancy; Also, William Giraldi and Kanye West Agree

In the poorest regions of the world, where people make, on average, $500 a year, per capita, there is no country where people’s average life expectancy is higher than 64. Whereas in the richest regions, where people make, on average, $50,000 a year, per capita, there is no country where average life expectancy is lower than 74.

A Happy and Meaningful Life

At Aeon, psychology professor Roy Baumeister talks through the differences of living a happy life and living a meaningful life, which doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand. Does money bring happiness to a life? Yes. Does money bring meaning to a life? No, but it can help. As we like to say here, money isn’t the goal, life is—money just helps you figure out how to live the life you want to live.

Communist Work Experience

In Aeon, Elena Seymenliyska wrote about her “communist work experience” and applying for her first job after she moved to the U.K. from Bulgaria. It’s lovely.

A Developer Looks in a Mirror

In Aeon, a developer reflects on the value of what he does. (Thanks to Katherine, Jon, and The Awl for the pointers, and putting this on our weekend reading list!)