links, recent readings


After a few weeks’ hiatus, I started clicking interesting WordPress article recommendations again. Here are some of the articles and essays that I have enjoyed reading during the last few weeks!

Beware the Open Plan Kitchen – There’s nothing more addictively soothing than watching someone flipping homes on HGTV. Until we end up in a real-life rerun of the housing bubble.

Career Arc: Tom Petty – Taking stock of the legendary rocker’s steady, stunning 40-year career

Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is? – The same company that gives you birthday reminders also helped ensure the integrity of the German elections.

How Essential Oils Became the Cure For Our Age of Anxiety – Aromatic oils have become big business. But are they medicine or marketing?

Knitting Myself Back Together – The best way I’ve found to fight my anxiety is with a pair of knitting needles.

On American Identity, the Election, and Family Members Who Support Trump – Nicole Chung reflects on the burden of engaging with racism and educating white people, including some in her own family.

‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia – Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. 

Roast Duck Soup for the Chinese-American Daughter’s Soul – Food writer Su-Jit Lin contemplates the role of a favorite dish in her relationship with her immigrant chef father.

What Is It Like to Try to Get a Novel Published? – I wrote my first manuscript with the goal of publication in between sending out job applications, bought a few books with variations of, “How to Publish a Novel,” as titles, and found a treasure trove of “how to’s” and query package critique forums online. I proceeded to learn about the publishing industry in a trial by fire sort of way.


What essays and articles have you read recently? Let’s discuss!

4 thoughts on “Longreads”

  1. Wow, thank you so much for sharing my post (“What Is It Like to Try to Get a Novel Published?”)! Hopefully there’s a lot to laugh and groan at. And, for those trying to chase a dream, hopefully some encouragement too! I’m excited to take a look at the others you chose!

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