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Really Good Newsletters?
December 9, 2013 8:46 AM   Subscribe

Maybe I am just old-school, but I really enjoy getting well-curated newsletters in my e-mail inbox. My favorite is NextDraft, and I also enjoy Harper's Weekly Review, The Quartz Daily Briefing, and Quora's newsletter (that is apparently customized to my activity on their site). What do you look forward to seeing in your inbox on a regular basis?
posted by shotgunbooty to Grab Bag (12 answers total) 54 users marked this as a favorite
 
I just read Small Beer Press's newsletter, which I really enjoy. Doesn't come very often but I like the format, the editorial voice, and learning about their books. Only comes a few times a year though.
posted by mlle valentine at 8:52 AM on December 9, 2013


I enjoy getting Longform.org's picks of good longform journalism as a weekly email. It's very common for the articles they highlight to quickly show up as FPPs on the blue too.
posted by Wretch729 at 9:13 AM on December 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I like getting brainpickings in my inbox -- art/literature/philosophy stuff.
posted by gemutlichkeit at 9:48 AM on December 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


Kale Davis, who does Hacker Newsletter, sent out a list of newsletters that he had compiled - Newsletters Newsletters. It's heavy on the geeky side, but you might find something interesting there.
posted by ralan at 9:54 AM on December 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


The best by far has been the Farnam Street Blog. It is the only weekly newsletter that I legitimately look forward to. The book recommendations are excellent and the writing is nearly always clear and concise. Plus, the topics are always of interest to me. It needs a wider audience.

Tried brainpickings but the articles were a bit too...trivialish. It wasn't well curated.
posted by RapcityinBlue at 9:55 AM on December 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Today in Tabs! Just acquired by Newsweek today.
posted by RJ Reynolds at 11:43 AM on December 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


Today in tabs is basically a daily tl:dr for the internet. It's fantastic.

Edit: jinx!
posted by youcancallmeal at 11:44 AM on December 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've been enjoying the following:
Ann Friedman's weekly newsletter It features her own writing, but also what she's reading that week around the web.
The Need 2 Know super brief overview of world news (USA centric)

I just started getting the Skimm. Jury's out for me on that one so far.

I also enjoy NextDraft. Newsy newsletters are my new favorite thing!
posted by purple_bird at 12:00 PM on December 9, 2013


My favorite, by a long shot, is Evening Edition. Each day, the top 5 news stories condensed to a paragraph or two, with links for more in-depth reading. Depending on what time zone you're in, you can have it arrive in your inbox right at 5:00--perfect for reading on the way home. I've been cutting back on Twitter and other social services, so this helps me stay on top of the news.

Ann Friedman's weekly newsletter (linked above) is also great. I usually spend my Friday's combing through that.

I've also started using Reading.am. Aside from their primary service, they send you a digest (you choose the frequency) of the best things people on the site have been reading around the web lately. Their digests consistently contain some of the best links I get each week.
posted by rensar at 8:16 PM on December 9, 2013


I like Narratively.
posted by aryma at 12:33 AM on December 10, 2013


Explorator is an archaeology one that has been going for pretty much forever, it's weekly, the latest is issue five thousand and something. It's pretty much just links in categories though.
posted by Rumple at 4:21 PM on December 10, 2013


I only know about Now I Know because it was linked to from NextDraft, so I suspect you already know about it, but it's great. I admit I don't read every NextDraft every day, but I never skip a Now I Know. I even bought the book for my mom for Christmas.
posted by kostia at 5:28 PM on December 10, 2013


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