Do you read the newspaper every day? No, me neither. I do read headlines on the daily so I can get a sense of what’s going on in the world, but since the news has gotten pretty grim – I only read the important things two or three times a week. The news cycle runs too quickly, there’s too much to consume and much of it scary and heart-wrenching. #selfcare
The news I do read, comes from all over. I subscribe to the Washington Post and New York Times and rely on Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Willamette Week for the more local stuff. I also catch up on Seattle news about once or twice a month via Crosscut and C is for Crank. Yeah, I’ll always have a special place for Seattle in my heart. I also rely on friends to post stuff on Facebook. The hive mind is much better at finding cool stories than I am.
I thought I’d start sharing some of my picks from the week’s reads every Sunday. Here’s what I have for you today –
- Why facts don’t change our mind. THIS THIS THIS article by James Clear is so spot on. When Asha Dornfest emailed me this, I may have done an Arsenio Hall fist pump as I was reading it. And if you don’t know who Arsenio Hall is:
- Megxit as a modern fairytale? This WaPo article discusses how “[Meghan] sent the message that her own freedom and voice were worth more than security and pageantry: the princess fantasy was actually a nightmare. Not only did she escape the kept-princess trope, but she reversed it by bringing her husband with her.”
- Have you watched Unbelievable on Netflix? Here’s the 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning article this series was based on. A stellar example of what happens when two publishers, ProPublica and The Marshall Project, collaborate instead of compete for stories.
- A Tale of Two Textbooks. This New York Times article shows the differences in school textbooks in Texas and California. Spoiler alert: It should come as no surprise that partisan politics plays a role in what kids learn, but seeing it all laid out is a real shocker nonetheless.
- What if You Could Bottle a Spirit of Defiant Happiness? Crosscut highlights artist Natasha Marin’s project Black Joy, an incredible exhibition that celebrates Blackness in a “healthy, whole, celebratory way”
You guys – it’s been 12 posts in 12 days. I can’t believe it. Thanks for showing up and being part of my day.
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