Welcome to Substack Reads, your weekly ingestible of the greatest essays, art, and ideas created right here on Substack. 

Substack Reads is a weekly roundup of writing, ideas, and art from the world of Substack. Posts are recommended by staff and readers, and curated and edited from Substack’s U.K. outpost with writer Hannah Ray. We hope you enjoy it.

The Active Voice is a podcast hosted by Substack co-founder Hamish McKenzie. Hamish talks to great writers about how they are reckoning with the challenges of the social media moment, how they find the space for themselves to create great literature and journalism despite the noise, and how to make a living amid the economic volatility of the 2020s.

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Hamish McKenzie
Co-founder of Substack. Chief Writing Officer.
The home for great writers & podcasters.
We believe that what you read matters and great writing is valuable.
Hannah Ray
(she/her) Writer and editor, based in West Cornwall. I write copy and content by day, edit my second novel Hard Reset at witching hour. I'm interested in community-first storytelling and I work on Substack's Community team. Hit me up!
Farrah @Substack
I'm head of Writer Partnerships for Substack UK and editor of Substack Reads. In another life, I used to edit ELLE & Cosmo . You can find my writing on ThingsWorthKnowing.substack.com