Welcome to another edition of Substack Reads—your weekly digest of great writing, thinking, and ideas from across Substack
Anne's piece about cell phones inspired me to buy a $20 flip-phone from Tracfone which I am excited to use and only give the # to like four people. Then I can finally become the writer I was always meant to be
I read Abdul-Jabbar’s piece a few days ago and was very impressed. He was mature and humble with the insight decades of reflections give you. Worth the read.
There’s a great selection this week and I don’t know where to start. The watercolor piece looks beautiful. Can’t wait to read Anne’s piece since I knew someone who didn’t have a cell phone about a dozen years ago. Reminds me to check back. The whiz kid article sounds interesting. The hippy commune, too?! Ugh. Dreams that escape me...
Thanks for helping stack my Saturday with good reads.
I loved seeing that Bruce Feiler has started a new Substack. While perusing his archive, I landed on a beautiful piece he wrote about grieving. My most recent newsletter offers personal reflections on that topic, as my beloved mother died a few weeks ago, unexpectedly. I just added a link in to Bruce's Substack in my piece. Excited to share with readers. Love how easy this is to do. Thank you.
Ever since I first came across the word "influencer" I detested it and the concept. It's like fingernails scratching a blackboard! Cintra Wilson sums it up nicely, but it's a sad state of afairs, really. And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Anne Kadet's Substack!
So happy to see both Anne Kadet and Jolene Handy in today's Reads! Both are excellent!
Awesome selections! Jolene Handy's Time Travel Kitchen is really superb--subscribe if you haven't already. 100% recommended. Also, very excited for Mason Currey's new book. I continue to be amazed by the quality writing on Substack!
Not all of life's successes are life-changing events. All of us have little victories every day, and they matter -- we should recognize and celebrate them. They make a difference in quality of life.
This was so well written, and so true. I miss talented people being famous for their contributions to society, not their 15 minutes of fame.
My latest novel, Quintus Hopper of Nevada, is a historical novel that follows the epic and peculiar life of a frontier newspaper typesetter. It essentially relays, through his eyes, the history of Nevada from before it was even a territory, to the time of the Boulder (Hoover) Dam.
As part of my research I was able to make extensive use of newspaper archives and I'm sharing some of my often surprising findings. Would be awesome if you could highlight this in one of the upcoming Substack Reads editions. Many thanks! > https://danielmartineckhart.substack.com/s/quintus-hopper-of-nevada
Thank you. Here’s something new & important you missed in mental health. https://open.substack.com/pub/alenegonebad/p/its-not-contagious?utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
Love all, but especially John Coster’s insight to our current escalation of global insanity by design.
The only thing that I allow to influence me is God. I do not idolize ANYONE on any platform. I do trust a very select few but even then I do not idolize any of them.
I wish others would do the same. These people are NOTHING without their followers. Take their power away by treating them like them scum they are.
Furthermore I suggest disconnecting from all technology for a little bit every day. Get outside and take in the sunshine and fresh air.
Bless you all
An amazing two-part memoir by the incomparable Audrey Ronning Topping, veteran National Geographic photojournalist, daughter of the first Canadian ambassador to Mao ... about her dad's secret mission to Hanoi to see his friend Ho Chi Minh in 1966 ... count on Audrey as a regular contributor to the Unleashed Voices feature of Andelman Unleashed launched by the Legion d'Honneur chevalier and veteran NYT, CBS and now CNN writer & columnist. Here are the urls for Audrey's two-parter:
The oberservation about Sam Bankman-Fried is really on point. Much too often we let people get away with really bad stuff by labeling them "kid", even though they are adults and other, less fortunate people, would be tried as adults right away.
‘I’m hardly ever late. But my theory is that the cellphone is iatrogenic for that purpose.’
This is fact, not theory at this point. As a brickphone user I spend too much time waiting for smartphone people to show up. I keep a book in my jacket pocket and read that while leaning against a wall. I get bemused looks. So it goes.