82. 🗞️ newsletter recs 🗞️
thinking about all the amazing content that's out there
Hello, and happy Monday.
I hope that you all have been doing well! It’s truly baffling to me that we are already in the latter half of February. Here in Massachusetts, there have been flurries of snow from time to time, but nothing has been sticking to the ground recently. Honestly, I’m relieved, because my walk to work features many brick sidewalks that aren’t always shoveled as well as I’d like. 😅
In honor of the long weekend, I thought that I’d keep this week’s newsletter short and sweet. So much of my own newsletter is inspired by reading the work of others in newsletter form. I thought I’d use this week to share with you five of my favorites—the ones that keep me thinking, reading, and writing.
I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a milennial or because I’m just nosy, but I love learning about Gen Z culture (or, at least, what journalists think is Gen Z culture). After School brings you daily links on youth culture and trends from reputable news outlets and well-sourced journalists. The most recent issue has a link to an article on TikTok’s fear of turning 30. Given that I’m about 2 months away from this milestone, it was quite resonant!!
From cartoonist and journalist Malaka Gharib, a list of beautiful things on the internet. It appears every few weeks or so, and whenever I see it in my inbox, I immediately open it. Really lovely links to articles and art and ephemera that I always want to bookmark.
I forgot where I first learned about NAZAR, but I think that it consistently speaks on important conversations at the intersection of surviellance and tech, written by Black Muslim journalist Vanessa Taylor. Whenever I read NAZAR, I leave a piece with more questions than answers, which is a good thing in my book.
This is a newer read for me, but one that I have enjoyed so far. Claire Potter is a historian working at the New School, and I deeply appreciate her commentary on academia and politics because they are being made accessible to a general audience, rather than experts in the field. Consistently thought-provoking.
Jihii has been a guest writer on tiny driver before, so it’s no surprise that I’d recommend her own newsletter to you. Jihii is a journalist and podcast host who is working on a book about news consumption and care work. The newsletter is a space where she thinks through these ideas, while giving tips to her readers about how to read the news with a more critical eye. I’ve truly learned so much from her writing, so it’s always surreal to think that we are newsletter buddies! 💞
🌀 Still consuming.
Bringing two of my current interests together (above).
As someone who takes a lot of notes, I found this article really helpful for thinking through and reflecting on how I use my note management system.
Did anyone else watch last night’s episode of Euphoria?!?!? Thoughts?!?!
Garamond! (I’ve personally taken to drafting in Old Goudy Style. 🤗)
📖 Book club corner.
For February’s book club (which is TOMORROW!), we will be reading bell hooks’s All About Love: New Visions. I am so excited! Feel free to purchase the book here, and the details are below!
Here’s the event info:
Date & Time: February 22 at 5PM PST/8PM EST
Suggested Donation (for those able to donate): $3-10 through Paypal or Venmo (@idyalz)
If you'd like to learn more about the tiny driver book club, click here!
🐶 A pup-date.
Higgie boy is embarrassed by how cute he looks:
As always, thanks so much for reading through, and I'll see you in the next one!