The most important story I read recently was The Economist's "Men Adrift", which is about the fact that nobody has much use for badly-educated males in advanced industrial societies these days. It seems of a piece with the most frightening story I read recently, the New Yorker's account of how a Belgian teenager ran off to join ISIS. This one paragraph captures his chilling combination of cluelessness and determination.
On the music front Steve Albini is interesting as ever on copyright and the foolishness of trying to restore the old certainties of the music business.
Then there's this short Adam Gopnik item about the right and wrong way to appreciate Frank Sinatra.