I love opening an email newsletter or blog post to find it filled with “what I’ve been reading lately” or “what you should read” or “favourite articles” sections. I’m a big fan of these round up type of posts and I love putting together and creating my own version each month. It’s the only series I’ve been able to stick to throughout blogging and that’s definitely a sign of how much I enjoy this.
Another month gone by. Tuesday posting has been working out pretty well for me and I’ve got some exciting stuff ahead. Of course, throughout this busy month I’ve still been reading a lot of articles and compiling my favourite longform of the month.
I’ve got a lot travel coming up so my the busyness isn’t really going to slow down. I think that’s a big part of adulthood, it never really does slow down. You just learn how to cope, how to fit it all in which is what I’m working on.
Some of these articles this month affected me deeply, personally, and others were just plain fun to read. I hope that you get some of the same feelings from them that I did. Feel free to share any of yours that you may have!
Despite all of the talk of health, wellness and moisturizing, no one ever talks about eczema. I’ve had chronic eczema for years and it has massively affected my life. I have tried many times to write about it but been unable to put the feelings into words. It feels emotional and shameful. Which is why this piece was so resonate with me. Someone was able to put my hurt, and everything I’ve been living with into words. They did what I couldn’t.
Dwayne Johnson for President! by Caity Weaver
I’ve talked about Caity Weaver before, I think she’s an amazing writer and one of the best at celebrity profiles out there. This profile of Dwayne Johnson is so bright and light. You’ll be drawn in from the second it starts and unable to stop because it’s making your day so much better. Also Johnson is so much better than you ever would have been able to believe he could get.
I can’t possibly be the only one around here who is obsessed with House Hunters. Back when I thought HGTV was a dumb channel and there was no point in renovation shows except for boring adults to watched, I loved House Hunters even then. Now many many years later, the narrator from the show is doing her first ever interview. You get to finally learn about the face and voice behind it all. Her perspective is fascinating on this well tread format.
How Pixar Lost Its Way by Christopher Orr
Part of my job is finding longform articles like this one and making sure our readers have a chance to see them as well. It’s one of my favourite parts of my job because it’s a mini version of this post on a daily basis. Most of the articles are interesting but don’t cross over into these posts but this one…
Have you noticed that Pixar movies are getting bad? Ever since Disney bought Pixar things have shifted. There are a few simple reasons for this, but you’ll need to read to find out.
Even more interesting than a profile of a celebrity? A profile of the people behind the celebrity. This one is even more interesting because personal assistants, especially the notorious Steph Shep, are so elusive. She has never talked in this unprecedented way before. You learn a lot about the Kardashian’s and the whole world around them, it’s a can’t miss.
The Place Where Letters to Hillary Clinton Go by Ruby Cramer
When I was little I used to look up how to write fan letters to the cast of Harry Potter and then write long letters that I’d never send because I thought they must get way too many. I remember hearing them in interviews later talk about how they had other people answer those letters for them. Now imagine how many letters Hillary Clinton must be getting right now… it’s thousands and there’s one person still answering, even if Clinton herself isn’t.
I am Not Interchangeable by Adam Sternbergh
My favourite movie is the “F Word” with Zoe Kazan as the romantic lead. She has a way of taking the simple part in a rom-com and making it her own, making it incredibly special and different than the regular rom-com. I can’t wait to see her in The Big Sick and this just reaffirms that for me. Such a beautiful profile of an amazing woman.
The Personal Essay Boom is Over by Jia Tolentino
A few years ago the web was teeming with a very specific type of post. A personal essay that was a bit too personal, they weren’t relatable or insignificant. This is the type of piece I associate with Vice. The “I took some kind of drug and slept with this person” or a story on Jezebel about a lost tampon. But these essays are mostly gone now, disappearing from the web, so where did they all go? And why?
The new Lorde music is amazing, the old Lorde music is amazing. This young woman is crushing it and she still has so much to say and so many ways she’s going to keep pushing and changing pop music. I can’t wait to see what she does next and this profile sheds some light on her that makes me just want to know even more.
How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality by Matthew Desmond
Living in Toronto right now, in the middle of a massive real estate boom, this piece really didn’t surprise me. We all know the formula, go to school, get married, buy a house, have kids. Many people are bucking these trends but homeownership is sticking. It’s seen as the ultimate and most important mark of growing up. Everyone looks down their noses at renters as if it’s pathetic. Inequality is never more on display than within home ownership, this piece shines a light on that.
That’s it for this month, do you have any other articles you think are worth reading? Let me know in the comments and I would love to read them. Which of these was your favourite? Did any change the way you think?
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