Welcome to this week’s Reading List, where you’ll find the best popular culture and science fiction stories on the internet assembled in one delightful package. This week: The Star Wars Holiday Special, reading lists, managing movie theaters and the invention of video game cartridges.

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  • The Star Wars holiday special is particularly reviled, but how did it come together? Mental Floss has an oral history of the program. [Mental Floss]
  • What does one discover when someone decides to expand their reading horizons? [Max Gladstone]
  • The Force Awakens might have been one of the biggest openings of all time. How did that look from the people who are responsible for showing it to moviegoers? [Fusion]
  • Anyone who’s ever played video games owes a debt to Wallace Kirschner and Lawrence Haskel, who invented the video game cartridge. [Fast Company]

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