If you’re looking for a great read on any topic, I’ve got it for you. I’ve read some excellent articles this last month and I can’t wait to hear what you all think about them. I’m posting more than my usual number and sorting them by topic to help you find your interests more easily. Regardless of topic, these are all great stories.
As you may know, if you follow this blog, I’m not really a sports person. But I love the stories that come from sports. I’ve been on a bit of a basketball kick recently (to be fair, basketball seems to be undergoing a massive transformation), so you’ll see a lot here about the Golden State Warriors.
- NBA’s secret training technique — Especially fascinating if you’re interested in brain training.
- The Draymond Green Problem — From what I can tell, strong personalities are more likely to destroy the Warriors than anything else.
- Djokovic is breaking tennis records left and right — I like the fact that tennis has a few top performers, making it much easier to keep track of than most sports.
- Do you speak Westbrook? — Some superstar athletes tell press and fans exactly what they think. Others create carefully coded messages through outfits and Instagram posts.
I don’t want to say much about politics, so I’m bringing you only 2 post-election articles, which I recommend for everyone, regardless of party.
- The End of Identity Liberalism — If you’re frustrated by the splintered state of the American electorate, this piece will have you nodding along.
- You Are Still Crying Wolf — This is a long piece, but hands-down the best political article I’ve read since Nov. 8. [Slate Star Codex is also a good follow if you like logic, predictions, or statistics.]
(Note: If you haven’t read My President Was Black by Ta-Nehisi Coates yet [it’s been everywhere!], I highly recommend it as well)
I’m not just a nerd blog, see? (Still totally a nerd blog. Read the article and you’ll see why.)
More posts coming soon about Hamilton, which I am more obsessed with than anything in my recent memory.
- Hamilton & Relationships — This essay is a good primer if you don’t understand the appeal of Hamilton. (Or don’t know what it is! Just you wait.)
- Lin-Manuel Miranda — Lin-Manuel is a beautiful person whose entire brand seems crafted specially for Tumblr. This interview is a good snapshot [totally almost typed Snapchat. grr!] of what makes him so special.
Ah, my favorite category. A well-executed profile or human interest story is a delight comparable with dark chocolate.
- How Robert Gagno Became One of the Best Pinball Players in the World — This profile has my highest recommendation. Read it and marvel at the complicated and wonderful thing that is humanity.
- The last unknown man — What do you do with someone who is unidentifiable?
- The Binge Breaker — Great look at the strange dichotomy of tech influencers who preach ethical development.
- Acting classes for inmates — how does improv help rehabilitation?
- Teenagers want potted plant parents — does this make you angry? Or does it make sense? Very curious.
Writing & Reading
- What Beyonce Taught Me About Writing — The title says Beyonce–presumably because she is extremely popular right now–but this is really a story about intertwining dance and writing.
- You Can’t Speed Read — I’m saving this article to send to every person who sends me those stupid articles about how to read faster/better/more. Want to know the secret to reading more? Make more time for it!
Which article was your favorite? Let me know in the comments! What have you been reading recently? I’d love to get your article recommendations too!