This week's list
I'm a big fan of Sarah Lazarus. She can write a viral tweet or a high concept New Yorker piece (The Environmental Impact of Breaking Up with Me). Sarah's comedy manages to be laugh out loud funny, insightful, and empathetic at the same time. That's especially clear in this essay she just published about discovering she was a match for an anonymous patient in need of a bone marrow transplant. It's incredible. Coronavirus, Charity, and the Trolley Problem
At least once a week, I get this five second Bill Wurtz song stuck in my head. Wurtz makes great music, but if you haven't seen his history lessons already, you're in for a treat. I think they might be my favorite YouTube videos of all time? Start with the History of Japan and then move on to the History of the Whole World, I Guess
I finished Isabel Wilkerson's book, Caste, this week and I can't recommend it enough. I've really never read a book like it. It's a deeply researched analysis of the construction of race in America, but it's interwoven with these beautifully written, vivid narratives of individual people's lives, so it almost reads like a novel. I completely understand why reviews called it "an instant American classic" and why Oprah said it was the most important book she'd ever picked for her book club. (h/t Mollie)
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