Here is what I read this week. Some of the articles/posts may require a subscription to read them. I also share my recommended reads on Pocket for anyone who wants to follow along there.
- We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet’s Culture Laboratory by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin
- The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman
- The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro. I’ve been working my way through Caro’s magnum opus since 2019, when I read the first two volumes, The Path to Power and Means of Ascent. In 2020 I tackled Master of the Senate. These books are tough reads, not because of their length or content, but because of Johnson himself. Sometimes, he just infuriates me. I had the same reaction when I read Caro’s biography of Robert Moses, The Power Broker, in 2018. So I try to spread them out a bit.
- The Hidden Resignation: Employees are checking out on the job by Krister Ungerböck (Business Insider, 1/17/22) #economics
- Why You Can’t Resist Wordle by Kyle Chayka (New Yorker, 1/20/2022). I’ve seen those Wordle grids popping up everywhere and wondered what it was all about. Article to the contrary, I have been able to resist–except for once, for rearch for a post coming out next week. #games
- Wordle Is a Love Story – The New York Times) by Daniel Victor (NY Times, 1/3/22) #games
- What Unites Buddhism and Psychotherapy? One Therapist Has the Answer by Oliver Burkeman (NY Time, 1/11/2022). I was curious about the review because I was impressed by Oliver Burkeman’s book 4,000 Weeks: Time Management for Mortals #review
- Going Bananas for WW by Mike Dariano (The Waiter’s Pad, 1/24/2022)
- My New Winter Coat by Melanie Novak (blog, 1/24/2022). Where Melanie accidentally buys lots of books. #books
- How to Take Better Notes for Information Retention by Munda Zetlin (Inc, 9/5/19). This article is from a few years ago, but still interesting. #notes
- My Hall of Fame Ballot, Part I – JoeBlogs by Joe Posnanski (Substack, 1/24/22). Joe has a common-sense approach to his voting for the Hall of Fame. This series is his thoughtful look at the 30 players eligible this year. #baseball
- My Hall of Fame Ballot, Part II – JoeBlogs by Joe Posnanski (Substack, 1/25/22) #baseball
- My Hall of Fame Ballot, Part III – JoeBlogs by Joe Posnanski (Substack, 1/25/22) #baseball
- Opinion | We’re Probably in a Simulation. How Much Should That Worry Us? – The New York Times by Farhad Manjoo (NY Times, 1/26/22). I have a hard time seeing how Descartes cogito ergo sum doesn’t apply here. #philosophy
- Let’s Make a Deal – by Molly Knight – The Long Game by Molly Night (Substack, 1/26/22). Molly Knight on making the best of what we have in baseball today. #baseball
- David Ortiz! And Nobody Else! – JoeBlogs by Joe Posnanski (Substack, 1/25/22). I’ll have more to say about Ortiz and the Hall of Fame in a post next week. #baseball
- A Final Hall Thought – JoeBlogs by Joe Posnanski (Substack, 1/26/22) #baseball
- On life tenure, and its drawbacks – by James Fallows (Breaking the News, 1/26/22). A really interesting look at lifelong terms and jobs and the positive and negative effects of such terms. With suggestions for the Supreme Court. #politics
- Why Martha McPhee Carries a Notebook Everywhere | Wirecutter] by Martha McPhee] (NY Times, 4/3/2020). An older article, but new to me. You all know why I was attracted to this piece, right? #notebooks
- Can Medieval Sleeping Habits Fix America’s Insomnia? – The Atlantic by Derek Thompson (Atlantic, 1/27/22). I loved the historical aspects of this piece. #sleep
- Beach Sunrises and Thoughts on Publishing by Ailish Sinclair (blog, 1/28/22)
- The Very Long Novel That Saved a Man’s Sanity – Now I Know by Dan Lewis (Now I Know, 1/27/22). This is an all-too-real example of the question: “What book would you take with you if you were stranded on a desert island?” — where the desert island in this case is a prison. Hat tip to reader and correspondent Bill for pointing this one out to me. #books
- David Ortiz Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame – The New York Times by Tyler Kepler (NY Times, 1/25/22) #baseball
- American History Should Teach Reality by Editors of Scientific America (Scientific American, Feb. 2022) #truth-decay
- Stage Door (1937): #MeToo in the 1930s by Melanie Novak (blog, 1/26/2022) #movies #criticism
- ‘Say Souls Aboard’: How Professionals Sound Under Pressure by James Fallows (Breaking the News, 1/29/2022). Back when I was a pilot, I remember hearing one or two emergencies over the radio and recognize the calm professionalism that Fallows writes about. #aviation
Any recommendations for books, articles or posts I should read? Let me know in the comments?
Written on January 29, 2022.
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