Weekend Reads 15

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

By Jeff Howland

Editing While Female
by Susan B. Glasser, Politico

“We like to pretend it’s different now, that Hillary Clinton really did shatter that glass ceiling into thousands of pieces. But it’s not true. There are shockingly few women at the top anywhere in America, and it’s a deficit that is especially pronounced in journalism, where women leaders remain outliers, category-defying outliers who almost invariably still face a comeuppance.”

Kill the Cover Letter and Résumé
by Jesse Singal, New York Magazine

“No job applicant has ever enjoyed the process of assembling a decent cover letter and résumé. Employers aren’t fans, either. Researchers have finally built up enough solid science about human decision-making to confirm a belief held by many on both sides of the hiring equation: It’s time for the résumé and the cover letter to die.”

The Inheritance (2009)

by Mark Bowden, Vanity Fair

“With a doomsday clock ticking for newspapers as we know them, no one has more at stake than fourth-generation New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., who is scrambling to keep his family’s prized asset alive. Some see him as a lightweight cheerleader, others as the last, best defender of quality journalism. Talking to company insiders, the author examines the nexus of dynasty and character that has brought the 57-year-old Sulzberger to the precipice.”

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming

by Michael S. Rosenwald, The Washington Post

“Humans seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online. This alternative way of reading is competing with traditional deep reading circuitry developed over several millennia.”

“Let’s, Like, Demolish Laundry”

by Jessica Pressier, New York Magazine

“Silicon Valley is in a bubbly race to wash your clothes better, faster, and cooler. This is not a metaphor. Unless, you know, it is.”

Trove

“They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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