Weekend Reads 12

top stories of the week

This Week’s Stories: media, tech, small biz, and culture

By Jeff Howland

Descent

by Robert L. Kehoe III, The Point

“Until the autumn of 2012, Lance Armstrong was almost universally heralded as a champion of the human spirit and a sportsman whose personal and professional accomplishments were nothing short of heroic. … But the mythology, the brand, the wealth, the humanitarianism and the sainthood were built on false pretenses.”

Secrets of the Creative Brain

by Nancy Andreasen, The Atlantic

“A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.”

Islands in the Stream

by Bob Stanley, The Paris Review

“The Bee Gees’ dominance of the charts in the disco era was above and beyond Chic, Giorgio Moroder, even Donna Summer. …  They were responsible for writing and producing eight of 1978’s number ones. … [Then] Almost overnight, nobody played Bee Gees records on the radio, and pretty much nobody bought them.”

Getting Over Procrastination

by Maria Konnikova, The New Yorker

“The tendency to procrastinate dates back to the very beginnings of civilization. … The average employee, one survey found, spends about an hour and twenty minutes each day putting off work; that time, in turn, translates to a loss of about nine thousand dollars per worker per year.

The Fasinatng…Fascinating History of Autocorrect

by Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Wired

“Because we know autocorrect is there as brace and cushion, we’re free to write with increased abandon, at times and in places where writing would otherwise be impossible. Thanks to autocorrect, the gap between whim and word is narrower than it’s ever been, and our world is awash in easily rendered thought.”

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