Lyse Links: Night owls, bias, and more sports

In defense of being a night owl: If you’re a night owl, you’ll want to save some of this essay for ammunition. If you’re not a night owl, this is a good way to see a different perspective. I’m not a night owl, but I tested it enough in high school/college to see the draw.
Bias in the ER: This is an excerpt from Michael Lewis’s excellent The Undoing Project. I’m partway through the full book, which is every bit as good as the excerpts teased. Applicable for everyone, but especially interesting if you like psychology and understanding how people make decisions.
Physical Therapists for E-Sports: As e-sports become more and more popular, the surrounding jobs will expand. Some physical therapists are proactively reaching this new market.
The Grey Area of Performance Enhancement: What counts as performance enhancement in shoes? Continue reading

Lyse Links

This week’s batch of reads is heavy on sports and I did a little thinking to figure out why. First, I have always been partial to a good sports article. The best authors manage to weave enough psychology and human story into the sports to make their pieces worth reading even if you know nothing about sports. But secondly, I think I’m gravitating toward sports right now because everything else seems to be about politics. And while I like to be well-informed about events, sometimes I’d like a break. Even if you’re not a sports fan, I encourage you to peruse a few of these articles that I handpicked for you.

What is the “Esquire Man” Now?: I don’t really read Esquire, but it’s interesting to see how publications change to fit the times.

How Jokes Won the Election: This story asks “How do fight an enemy who’s just kidding?” As little as I like to talk about the election or current state of politics, it certainly does provide plenty of fodder for analysis.

The Man Who Cleans Up After Plane Crashes: This profile is morbid and at times almost grisly, but a good look into the mundane elements of tragedy–like picking up all the pieces.

I Created the Milo Trolling Playbook: As someone who despises the Milo playbook, I find this a depressing read. But as a marketer, I can’t help but respect the undeniable success of the despicable playbook.

Dropped: This is a story about the man who is probably the best juggler alive right now and possibly the best juggler of all time. With no fanfare, he quit juggling to open a construction business. Why?

How the Haters Made Trump: I’ve seen lots of pieces about the psychology of Donald Trump and this is one of the better ones. It’s quite long and unapologetically crude in places (lots of strong language), but very insightful. I came upon it while looking for information about the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner–a dinner where both Obama and keynote comedian Seth Myers spent unprecedented amounts of time making jokes about Trump, who was sitting front and center. In light of President Trump’s refusal to attend this year’s WHCD, this article is especially timely.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on La La Land: This article is interesting for 2 reasons. 1. It’s by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who is best known as a basketball player (not a movie critic). [see my last Lyse Links for a great long-form profile of him.] 2. While I loved La La Land, this is actually a very good critique of troublesome issues in the film.

A Racing Mind: I’m not really a NASCAR fan, but this is a good profile of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is a great racecar driver, but maybe not a great man. (Although that seems to be changing.)

The Misunderstood Genius of Russell Westbrook: Even with the plethora of fascinating characters in the NBA right now, Westbrook stands out. I thoroughly enjoyed this profile of him.

A 15-year-old basketball prodigy: What does life look like for a teenager who is being scouted and courted by big name schools? On a writing note, I especially appreciated how the author managed to convey the unique attitudes and language of a teenage boy without sounding either too close or condescending.

LeBron James: The Second Chapter: After a crazy successful career as a basketball star, LeBron James appears to be gunning for a second career, this time as an entertainment icon.

Basketball at Orr and the Bleeding of a City: In a high school in the middle of violent Chicago, a coach and team struggle with the fear and death around them. This 5-part series is less polished than I often like in long-form journalism, but it’s a good look at the reality of being a student-athlete in the more violent parts of Chicago.

World championship ski competitor see snow for first time: The title of the article calls this athlete the “World’s Worst Skier,” but that seems extraordinarily unfair. He’s just the worst at this world championship. But his story is fascinating.

What was your favorite story? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!




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: The Political Edition

At this point, I think most Americans are thoroughly sick of this election. I know I am. I’m avoiding most political news or discussions.

So I wasn’t sure this was a good choice of blog topic. But throughout the election, I’ve read some pieces that were exceptionally well-balanced or took a unique approach. And those articles were bright spots in a very dark election. So here are the most interesting election articles I’ve read.

The Heart of Trump Country — Trump supports have been almost universaly caricatured. This article offers a real look at some of the people supporting Trump. Whether you agree with their positions or not, it’s easier to see the humanity in this widely-villified group.

Hillary Clinton vs. Young Voters — a take on why Hillary doesn’t understand young voters, especially the Bernie supporters.

Sociology of Emotion — a sociologist who’s been studying in Louisiana describes the Trump supporters in her area.

How Russia Pulled Off the Biggest Election Hack in U.S. History — If you’re interested in espionage or international relations, this is a great look at the back-and-forth cyber-warfare between the US and Russia.

Hope Hicks: The Mystifying Triumph of Donald Trump’s Right-Hand Woman — Trump’s Press Secretary is a 27 year-old woman. Her position is especially interesting in light of Trump’s troubling opinions on women.

Understanding Hillary — Best for last–this is actually my favorite of the list. Several journalists have noted a gap between the Clinton that the world sees and the one that people close to her describe. This article does the best job of explaining it and identifying how she excels and struggles as a leader.


Lyse Links: Instagram, Hamilton, running, and mental illness

What have you read this week?


Lyse Links: the most interesting reads this weekend

I got behind on this post for a few weeks, so I have loads of interesting links saved up for you! I’m posting the most cool ones this week, with the more obscure ones to come later. Enjoy!

  • Isn’t “picture this” just a metaphor? This is a note by a man who literally cannot picture things in his head. While that idea itself is fascinating, the value of this piece is the voice of the author. It’s hilarious, insightful, well worth the 15 minute read.
  • What do the first stages of Alzheimer’s feel like? This is an older, quite long read, but it’s worthwhile for seeing a stage of life that we often avoid. The author is a very experienced  reporter, so I relished the sophistication of his style.
  • Why People Pay to Read The New York Times. This is actually where I found the previous article. It’s a good discussion of the place that newspapers hold in a world of Huffington Post and Buzzfeed. (I think both of those outlets periodically offer remarkable news stories, but I am an unapologetic supporter of traditional newspapers.)
  • We discovered our parents were Russian spies. If you have not already seen this story, it’s a must-read. Life truly is stranger than fiction–when the FBI raids a house, two brothers find out that their parents are Russian spies and almost nothing they know about their family is true.
  • Are Millennials really the most distracted generation? I think the title speaks for itself.

Did you learn anything interesting? Which story is your favorite?

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: Life-hacking, kiss cams, academic bluffing, & the Internet

I’ve done tons of great reading recently, so I’m very excited to share some of the better articles I found. Enjoy!

  • The 7 Step Evening Ritual That Will Make You Happy — I follow (or attempt to follow) most of these steps in my evening ritual. And I definitely have a ritual! My husband doesn’t. It’s been a bit of a problem. Do you/your partners have a bedtime ritual?
    • Note: if you’re a productivity/life-hacking/sleep geek, like I am, I recommend reading this even though you’ve probably read lots of lists about morning and evening rituals. This one has a few recommendations I hadn’t seen before.
  • Why Your Brain Works Better in Winter – If you’ve been following my blog, you know I don’t like winter. But this article makes a pretty convincing argument that we are sharper mentally during the winter. My grudge against the cold remains nonetheless.
  • This guy totally faked an academic paper – Even though I’m a grad student now (maybe because I’m a grad student?), I’m very skeptical of academia and publication. You should be too. If nothing else, this article is hilarious.
  • Behind the scenes of the kiss cam – This is a cool bts look at arena kiss cams. I was fascinated, even though I’ve been at big games maybe….twice? The kiss cam requires a remarkable combination of technical skill and comedic/dramatic intuition.
    • I was going to link to a funny kiss cam compilation, but the ones I found are of mixed appropriateness and quality. Search for them at your own risk.
  • The Internet isn’t ruining us – If you’re interested in the philosophy of the Internet, attention, and the way technology is changing society, read this article.
  • How to do uncomfortable things – We only grow through being uncomfortable. Use this article as a starting point for pushing yourself to grow this week.

I already have some great articles saved up for next week, so come back next Saturday for another collection of great reading!

Do you have questions, comments, or boiling rage about these articles? Tell me in the comments!

Lyse Links: ALL the Controversy

And since I missed another week of posts, this is also long! Enjoy the wiiiiiiiiiiiiide variety of interesting stories here!

  • The Amazing Thing We Do During Conversations – Interesting for language and communications enthusiasts. Also, explains part of why speaking a non-native language fluently is so difficult.
  • The Poor are Better Off When We Build Housing for the Rich – Just the title was enough to make me interested, but this is vital for anyone who is following arguments about gentrification.
  • What Causes Resilience? – A cool quote from this article:
    “(Indeed, Werner found that resilient individuals were far more likely to report having sources of spiritual and religious support than those who weren’t.)”
  • Your Parmesan Cheese is Wood – the title I’ve chosen is only a slight exaggeration.
  • The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens – in case you don’t know, Tumblr is the place for the geeky teens. It’s generally hilarious and often the genesis of the most popular memes. I’m always interested in people who are successful on social platforms, so this was a fascinating story for me.
  • A Compulsive Con Man – I’m fascinated by pathological deception. This guy had so many different identities that they had difficulty discovering his real name.
  • Radiolab – this is slightly different, but I’m newly obsessed with the Radiolab podcast. It’s basically long-form journalism for audio and it’s pretty fabulous.

That’s all! What do you think? What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!