From the desk of journalist and podcast host Evan Ratliff.


> “The Fall of the Billionaire Gucci Master” makes Vice Motherboard’s annual “Jealousy List”

> New story out in Bloomberg Businessweek: The Fall of the Billionaire Gucci Master: Authorities say Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, perfected a simple internet scam and laundered millions of dollars. His past says a lot about digital swagger, and the kinds of stories that get told online.

> New cover story for Wired: We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn’t We? A virologist helped crack an impossible problem: how to insure against the economic fallout from devastating viral outbreaks. The plan was ingenious. Yet we’re still in this mess. 

> The Mastermind was selected as a best book of 2019 by The New York Times, NPR’s Favorite Books, Hudson’s Ten Best Nonfiction Books, Kirkus Best Reported Books, Mother Jones 2019 Books to Read, Evening Standard Best Technology Books, CrimeReads Ten Best True Crime Books.