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    • The New Yorker | Nathan Heller | 1/20/20 | 24 min
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      2 days ago

      “They tell you that their products aren’t just better; they are simplifying the whole deal, changing how stuff works across society, and not a moment too soon.”

      But what if it’s true!? That sentence really rocked me. The way it’s written (“They tell you that...”) is perfect. There is an art (which I need to master, quickly) of switching between reality and fantasy — quickly, honestly, and with candor. Not an easy thing to do.

      Like this:

      The dream is:_____.

      The current reality is:______.

      We must discuss both at once. Not easy. But hella fun. Especially when you don’t have to fake that you really (1) believe in the dream and (2) care about it. And that you don’t even think the dream is a dream. It’s a future to make real. And your life’s work to do it.

    • The Outline | Mikala Jamison | 12/30/19 | 8 min
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      5 days ago

      Oooo yeahhhhh. This feels like a guaranteed AOTD.

      Also, the sci-fi novel I'm writing needs some horny pens.

    • n 1 | 1/13/20 | 46 min
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      6 days ago

      All hail Alexa! This essay bent my mind for hours. Great find.

      So many incredible sentences, including:

      Leaving Twitter for Instagram was like moving to Los Angeles, only cheaper.

      “Literally just cleaned Parmesan cheese out of toddlers vagina.”

      “I look nice and smug in this photo,” said a popular woman powerlifter I liked, “but I’m considering making a YouTube video about my recent nervous breakdown/identity crisis.”

      This is brilliant:

      New storefronts and restaurants were likewise optimized for the image. Considerations like comfort, accessibility, and acoustics were secondary to visual appeal. It was as if the landscape itself had dysmorphia, altering its physical appearance to fit an arbitrary standard that undermined its primary function.

      Anyone who has ever used Airbnb knows exactly what the author is describing: a world made to look better than it actually is, for photos.

      How was this even possible, this eternal volley between mimesis and life, mimesis and life, through which you could discover a stranger who felt like a friend, but a friend from whom you needed nothing?

      Poetry!

    • The Verge | Kaitlyn Tiffany | 2/15/18 | 7 min
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      6 days ago

      8am, Tuesday morning, and I'm binging on excellent writing about dating apps. This stuff is fascinating

    • The Baffler | 1/15/20 | 15 min
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      1 week ago

      A writer writes an instant classic about Silicon Valley. Let’s all read it!

    • London Review of Books | Lauren Oyler | 1/13/20 | 27 min
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      1 week ago

      Three cheers. Finally, the Jia Tolentino critique I’ve been waiting for!

      Several of the articles mentioned here have appeared on Readup.

    • The Atlantic | Ian Bogost | 1/16/20 | 12 min
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    • Raptitude.com | 1/10/20 | 4 min
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      1 week ago

      Upvote.

      It may not be a global crisis yet, but human interaction is definitely becoming rarer, and it’s hard to see how the trend will reverse itself, if each generation grows up less accustomed to face-to-face exchange than the last. I just think we should keep a protective eye out for human interaction, so it doesn’t slip away while we’re doing something else.

    • Vice | Rick Paulas | 1/15/20 | 10 min
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      1 week ago

      Yes. I'm a huge fan of nonviolent civil disobedience. Obviously. (Curious: Is anyone not?)

      This is a reminder that so many people are fighting so many important fights. And a lot of them are extremely personal. A roof for my child. God, that's unfathomable.

    • The New York Times Company | Matthew Sedacca | 1/1/20 | 6 min
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      1 week ago

      Upvote. Interesting and inspiring. Also, looks really delicious.

    • The New York Times Company | Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn | 1/9/20 | 14 min
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      1 week ago

      Amazing.

    • The Correspondent | Rob Wijnberg | 11/7/19 | 18 min
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      1 week ago

      Excellent. A worthy topic to meditate on. I'm a big fan of The Correspondent.

    • The New Yorker | John Seabrook | 11/14/11 | 31 min
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      1 week ago

      Repost. This article from 2011 keeps getting better and better as the SweeTango and Honeycrisp markets continue to expand. The Honeycrisps in bags at Trader Joe's are only slightly larger than golf balls, which freaks me out. It's good to know your apples.

    • blog.readup.com | Bill Loundy | 1/12/20 | 1 min
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      2 weeks ago

      Vote with your attention. You are what you pay attention to.

    • OneZero | Yancey Strickler | 5/20/19 | 7 min
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      2 weeks ago
    • The Atlantic | Edward-Isaac Dovere | 1/7/20 | 11 min
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      2 weeks ago
    • Gay Mag | Laura June | 12/11/19 | 12 min
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      2 weeks ago

      Great writing in Roxanne Gay’s new pub.

      This is a somewhat saturated topic area (a writer writes about writing on the internet) but still worth reading. It really is messed up what some people have to put up with online, especially outspoken women and POC.

      I love how clearly and effectively the writer diagnoses the problem: Nuance is missing. Context. Deep reading. Slowing down.

    • The New Yorker | Amanda Petrusich | 1/9/20 | 5 min
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      2 weeks ago

      On the importance of silence:

      But silence is also a balm; even the briefest retreat from the gnawing din of humanity can be spiritually and physiologically curative.

      Brilliant:

      Much of modern wellness is concerned with escaping one’s self, but, at the same time, the self—as brand, as business—has become increasingly monetized. Every day, we are told to both cultivate and erase ourselves.

    • Organizer Sandbox | Ross LaJeunesse | 1/2/20 | 11 min
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      2 weeks ago

      Very real first-hand account from a guy who had a super-senior, interesting job at Google for a long time.

      Now he’s running for US senate as a democrat in Maine.

    • The New York Times Company | Tristan Harris | 12/5/19 | 5 min
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      2 weeks ago

      Update I just got via email: Tristan's changing from Exec Director to "President" and they're hiring a new ED, whatever that means:

      To support our growth, I am moving to the role of President: This transition enables me to dedicate myself fully to the societal and global implications of the attention economy, the impact of persuasive technology on human civilization, and ensuring that CHT’s vision remains in alignment with our boldest opportunities.

      very curious. something's amok over there.

      PS I still want this one to AOTD! I want to know what other people think after reading that piece. I just re-read it (and I'm sure there are a million ways to interpret it) but it's just so darn negative.

      Positive should be a Readup core value.

    • HuffPost Highline | On Assignment For HuffPost | 12/30/18 | 33 min
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      2 weeks ago

      Nice. #1. I've been wanting this one to AOTD since I read it 5 days ago. Gogogo!

    • The New Yorker | Peter Osnos | 11/3/19 | 16 min
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      2 weeks ago

      I realize that the only kind of political stories that I currently enjoy tend to be first-hand accounts, told as great stories, and definitely without preaching or moralizing. That can be hard to find, but this article is really close.

    • blog.readup.com | Bill Loundy | 1/5/20 | 2 min
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      3 weeks ago

      New year, new Readup. Cheers to some roaring 20s!

      Thoughts and ideas are always welcome, here in the comments and/or directly via email: bill@readup.com

    • The New Yorker | Sheelah Kolhatkar | 12/30/19 | 44 min
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      3 weeks ago

      A recent study by the economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman found that, as a result of cuts to estate and corporate taxes, as well as the 2017 G.O.P. tax bill, the four hundred richest Americans pay a lower over-all tax rate than any other group in the country. In a Times Op-Ed, Saez and Zucman wrote, “This is the tax system of a plutocracy.”

      That’s one of several fascinating and quite unsettling little nuggets in this excellent, easy-to-read piece.

      There’s no need to banter about Abigail Disney, her personality and values, although it’s a bit hard to resist. She’s quite a character, to say the least. The more important/productive thing, from my perspective, would be to try to clarify the problem and actually address it. I know plenty of people who don’t think rising inequality is an issue. So that’s the place to start.

      The part with all the rich people in an orchid-filled room arguing about the definition of rich is perfect. Secrecy and shame are the huge factors. I personally know lots of mega-wealthy people who don’t have the emotional capacity to confront their own wealth, so they develop these traumatizing mental blocks, as an attempt to hide from reality.

    • The Guardian | Dave Eggers | 4/3/04 | 1 min
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      3 weeks ago

      This is a crazy-short short “story,” just one paragraph. I kinda dig it. It’s a good reminder that fiction writing need not be such a big deal. A little character sketch can pack a lot of meaning, insight and emotion.

    • thenewatlantis.com | 29 min
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      3 weeks ago

      Read this.

    • Longreads | 11/15/19 | 27 min
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      3 weeks ago

      Reposting this one, because it’s excellent. If you want to understand what’s going on with the California wildfires, start here.

    • Quartz | Thomas Oppong | 2/13/18 | 6 min
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      3 weeks ago

      Maybe kinda weird, but I think that my growth as a reader has a lot in common with my growth as a yoga practitioner. After a while (in my case, 10 years) you hit a point where you don’t really care about the “metrics” or “performance.” When there’s no ego involved, the results stop mattering. Instead, it’s about chasing the magical flow - finding it, holding it, enjoying it, and then letting it go when it’s gone. It has nothing — literally nothing — to do with other people. Ironically, when the results stop mattering, they start skyrocketing.

      I read a great bundle of books in 2019. Probably about 20. But I no longer care about how many, or how big they are. I also don’t mourn the “dry spells” - weeks, or even months, without finishing a book. There’s a zen to it. Discipline plays a role, especially early on, but eventually you can learn to let go and ride the wave, wherever it leads. At that point, everything is gravy.

      Also, yeah, duh, this:

      Eliminate one hour of television a day if you have to. The long-term benefits cannot be compared with the short-term pleasure of daily distractions.

      1. Update (1/2/2020):

        Also, I just remembered why I wanted to comment on this in the first place: I disagree with the premise of this article - I don’t see much value in learning to read insanely fast. If competition drives you, go ahead and teach yourself to read a book a day. Maybe that will be fun for a little while. But regardless, you’ll still have to level up to a point where you’re just doing it because you love it.

    • The Point Magazine | 12/26/19 | 8 min
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      3 weeks ago

      I don’t know why I keep getting sucked in to things about academia and higher education, but good writing is good writing. I liked this.

    • Aeon | Joona Räsänen | 10/9/19 | 7 min
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      3 weeks ago

      Interesting argument. But no. We shouldn’t let people change their legal age. There just shouldn’t be a legal age. And we should respect people’s privacy.

    • New Republic | 10/2/19 | 16 min
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      3 weeks ago

      Fascinating. Conversation-worthy, that’s for sure.

    • The Point Magazine | 9/5/19 | 16 min
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      3 weeks ago
    • The New York Times Company | Michiko Kakutani | 12/27/19 | 16 min
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      3 weeks ago

      Lulz:

      Although the United States was founded on the Enlightenment values of reason, liberty and progress, there has long been another strain of thinking at work beneath the surface — what Philip Roth called “the indigenous American berserk,” and the historian Richard Hofstadter famously described as “the paranoid style.”

      I hate reading about the disgrace that is Trump, but it was worth it to get to all the other parts, especially about media, tech, and dystopia.

      Good find. I still wish Michiko Kakutani would stick to literature.

    • Fishouse | 2/1/06 | 2 min
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      4 weeks ago

      I have portions of this poem committed to memory, because I've read it so many times. I love the first line, "I was wrong about oblivion then," and the repetition of oblivion, two more times, near the end. The poem itself induces oblivion.

      The first sentence that begins with "I could say" is beautiful beyond words. The second sentence that begins with "I could say" is insane and unspeakable. The combo is perfect. This was first published in 2006 and I hope people are still reading it five hundred years from now.

    • The New York Times Company | Michael McGriff | 6/26/14 | 8 min
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      4 weeks ago

      Oh hell yes! I'm so happy to see that this is trending.

      The writer also wrote one of my favorite poems of all time. Enjoy!

      1. Update (12/30/2019):

        If that link doesn't work, this one should.

    • BuzzFeed News | Kareem Shaheen | 12/27/19 | 8 min
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      4 weeks ago

      Interesting and educational. There are (always) reasons to believe that things will improve.

    • The Cut | Jonathan Van Meter | 11/25/19 | 34 min
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      4 weeks ago

      This is an exceptional interview with an exceptional human: Kim Kardashian West. I was hooked by the time Kris Jenner pops into the scene with the best opener: “I remember it like it was yesterday.” These people are such good storytellers it’s absurd. “The Chanel story” is amazing. All of it is surreal.

      I think I’m evolving to where I don’t feel the need to want to keep up. Not that I did it to feel like I had to keep up, but I guess I just don’t care as much anymore to want to take tons of photos in a thong bikini. I actually just want to lay out. I don’t care to take the time out of my day on vacation like I used to, where I’d pull up to the house and I’d see, This is a setup, this is an Instagram pic. Now this is a different setup. Oh, this place has so many different setups. This is going to be amazing. And now I’m just like, “Let’s actually live in real time and enjoy it. If we happen to get a photo, great.”

    • The Baffler | 1/7/19 | 25 min
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      1 month ago

      Some parts are messy and the snark factor is too high, but overall I thought this was an insightful, enjoyable read.

      Household furnishings and clothing have become cheaper by becoming shittier and less durable.

    • BBC News | Brigid Schulte | 7 min
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    • The Paris Review | Barrett Swanson | 7/3/19 | 15 min
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      1 month ago

      Pure fun.