Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #353

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Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS; chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see”.

Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another: 

  • The 3 Tenets of Capitalism – Tyler Hogge – Medium. “I’m pretty down on free-market capitalism, or whatever we’re calling laissez-faire democracy these days. It’s supposed to make everything efficient and maximize outcomes, but the concentration of wealth and preponderance of influence undermines those ideals. Then again, it’s important to keep an open mind. This is an excellent, well-researched post; and as he points out when it comes to inequity, ‘capitalism would fix it, if it were allowed to.'” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Chuck Berry Reviews Classic Punk Records In Unearthed Jet Lag Zine From 1980 – Riverfront Times. “It seemed only appropriate that I include something this week for Chuck Berry, an icon’s icon and a titanic force in music. He had a good snark to him, as shown by these brief reviews of punk acts. Of the Ramones: ‘A good little jump number. These guys remind me of myself when I first started, I only knew three chords too.'” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Mr. Nick Baker Teaches Today–Listen – The New York Review of Books. “One of my favorite writers, Nicholson Baker, who wrote (in NYRB) one of my favorite essays, The Charms of Wikipedia, has written a new book about teaching in America. Which is reviewed in the NYRB.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • More than Magic: the Legacy of Robert Silvers – New Republic. Robert Silvers, legendary founder and editor of the New York Review of Books, has died. The NYRB is unlike any other publication I know, and I often find my 6 link contributions there. NYRB pieces are always long, always provoking, always well-thought-out. It’s one of the few publications that, when I buy it, I end up reading (almost!) the whole thing. ‘I believe in the writer — the writer, above all,’ Silvers once said, and he built an institution for all of us readers who believe, also, in the writer.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • The 50 Best New Travel Apps for 2017 – Travel And Leisure. “The title of this article alone made me roll my eyes and think, ‘I could never share this with you.’ Still, every Monday on CHOM FM, I do pick my ‘app of the week.’ After years of doing it, I’m always game to dig around and hope to find a diamond, gem or something. I was, literally, flabbergasted by the vast amount of apps on this list that I had not heard of. More importantly, I was even more taken aback by just how smart, cool and important a lot of them will be to our mutual lives on the road. If you travel – or want more depth to your urban experience – check this list out… seriously.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • The only line comedy shouldn’t cross is the no-laughter line – Aeon. “I admit it: I am a strange bird. Sure, I like standup comedy. I can watch a special or two on Netflix. Still, I don’t actively go to comedy clubs, festivals or try to recite jokes. With that, I love, love, love the mechanics of standup comedy. How these folks write, deliver and work the material on the road fascinates me. I just can’t get enough of it. So much so, that I believe one of the major keys of success in life, is in understanding the dynamics of what makes people laugh. This is one of the best reads of the year. It’s especially relevant, because I believe that the current political climate has turned the modern day masters of standup comedy into our version of folk singers and rock singers during the troubled parts of the sixties. These people are the modern day protest song. So, is there a line that a comedian should not cross? Read on and decide.” (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.