Lyse Links: A Roundup of Great Reads

Settle in for some great reading, guys. I have collected a myriad of interesting stories for you. From human interest stories to deep dives on politics and issues, we’ve got it all this week.


Something About This Russia Story Stinks: By this point, the Russia leaks story has been buried under many new scandals. But this piece from Rolling Stone is a great cautionary response.

Jared Kushner Will Take Over the World: Trump’s favorite son-in-law has surprised many in his support of and sway over the president. It will be interesting to see where he goes.

Living in Andy Cohen’s America: If you don’t know, as I didn’t, Andy Cohen is the mastermind behind the “Real Housewives” franchise. But he’s also a late-night show host and an author and a very clever man. And he saw Donald Trump coming. Why? Because of “Real Housewives,” of course.

Is Trump Stronger Than He Seems?: Everyone has seen the record-breaking bad approval ratings, but this article takes a more nuanced view of the numbers.


Graphing Hamilton: If you’re a Hamilton nerd, you’ll go nuts over this interactive visualization of every line of the musical. If you’re not a Hamilton nerd, take a look and see if you can begin to understand the genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda.


When the Debutante Met the Tribe: A high-society woman left Toronto to spend 50 years with a remote Amazon tribe as a missionary. But along the way she also became an anthropologist and a surprisingly influential figure in a little-known corner of the world. I’m fascinated by our degrees of celebrity and influence, which could have rendered this accomplished woman unknown in history.


A Sober Utopia: Fort Lyon is Colorado’s radical attempt to rehabilitate the drug-addicted homeless population. This piece about it is part interview with the residents and part record of this pioneer attempt and its place in government.

Iceland Knows How to Stop Teen Substance Abuse, But Nobody is Listening: If that title isn’t enough to make you click, I can’t say anything that will. It’s honestly not clickbait–Iceland has drastically reduced teen substance abuse, but other countries and communities are still skeptical.


Meet the Bag Man: The bag man is the shadowy benefactor for high school and college athletes. He isn’t technically affiliated with a school and what he does is definitely not openly acknowledged, but it’s happening all the time.

What the World Got Wrong About Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The guys in my office all laughed when I asked about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as if they might not know who he was. But I previously didn’t and found this profile fascinating. If you’re a Myers-Briggs enthusiast like I am, I would love to entertain your theories about his type in the comments. (I have a definite theory.)


The Education of a Queen: Interesting look into how the current Queen of England was educated. Very different from today!

Has the Queen Become Frightfully Common?: The Queen’s diction has changed dramatically over the years and it’s a fascinating look at the fluid nature of language.


What do you know about college unemployment?: Neat little test of assumptions about college unemployment.

How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization: This piece is a touch tongue-in-cheek, but surprisingly believable. [Note: some strong language.]

That Time I Turned a Routine Traffic Ticket into the Constitutional Trial of the Century: Traffic cams are extremely controversial and this law professor decided to subject his ticket to some serious legal analysis.

Who Decides Who Counts As Native American?: Some tribes have been dramatically cutting their membership lists and creating chaos.

Dave Barry’s 2016: Funny, as everything from Dave Barry is.

Days of Rage: This…well, honestly, this might one of the stranger and more controversial things I’ve ever posted, but it’s a fascinating read. This was initially a series of tweets as David Hines read Days of Rage, an account of the revolutionary violence of the 1970’s and 80’s. He then expands into drawing comparisons to the current political climate, which is when things get fuzzier, but make for great discussion fodder. Long read, but well worth it. [Because of the length and original form (tweets), this is somewhat less polished a piece than I usually share. Worth it, I promise.]

Why the war on poverty failed: Again, if this title doesn’t entice you, I have no useful commentary.

Can You Turn Terrorists Back Into Good Citizens?: Answer: maybe.

British Rebellion Against High Heels: The fact that heels are still required in any dress code is barbaric. They are literally a health hazard. Good grief.


Whew. That was a lot. Let me know which was your favorite in the comments!



Lyse Links: The Bonus Awesome Edition

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.


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.  Continue reading

Lyse Links: Golden State Warriors, NPR, and podcasts

I have lots of mini-obsessions. I tend to get on a roll reading about one topic or listening to one type of music or reading one genre. A couple of clear patterns emerged in my reading this week, so the articles I share will be less broad, but more deep. Enjoy!

Golden State Warriors

To be clear, I am a non-sports person. I play soccer, but I don’t pay attention to the goings-on of pretty much any sport in the college or professional world.

But even I couldn’t escape hearing about Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. They’re the team that’s revolutionizing basketball. The ones who hit 3-pointers more consistently than the entirety of basketball players can hit free throws. They are the much loved and much despised and much copied team of the last year.

If you’re non-sportsy, like me, you’ll probably still enjoy the story behind this team.  Continue reading

Lyse Links: Email Newsletters

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite email newsletters. I never cringe when these show up in my inbox! (All of these are free)

  • NextDraft – Dave Pell, the Internet’s editor, collects the most interesting/significant news of the day and sends it out in a newsletter. It’s concise, comprehensive, and super easy to read through and trash. Boom. On top of the news in less than 5 minutes.
  • Now I Know – Dan Lewis sends out this daily newsletter with interesting stories, facts, and quizzes. They’re generally amusing, good conversation starters, and easy to read and delete in about 5 minutes.
  • Brain Pickings – Maria Popova collects her blog’s best articles and sends them out on Sundays. This newsletter is literary, thoughtful, and spiritual. It has tons of content, often focusing on creativity and expression.
  • Book Perks – Daily e-book deals from a variety of genres (they have some good stuff). I’m a cheapskate*, so I hardly ever buy the e-books, even when they’re $0.99, but they also include links to giveaways, which I always enter.

*Ahem. Aka newlywed (broke) grad student. 

Do you get any newsletters you love? I’d like to hear about them in the comments!