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August 31, 2017 6:42 AM   Subscribe

I love curated sites like Brain Picking, Boingboing, and Kottke. Where can I find more site like these that have the best of culture, technology, and media?
posted by captainscared to Society & Culture (19 answers total) 94 users marked this as a favorite
Things Magazine blog is exactly what you are looking for.
posted by thatwhichfalls at 6:58 AM on August 31, 2017 [7 favorites]

Some examples from my RSS reader:
posted by AzraelBrown at 7:22 AM on August 31, 2017 [6 favorites]

I'd challenge the premise on one point: BoingBoing seems more oriented towards both self-promotion of its founders and promotion of items in the BoingBoing store now.

To answer your question more specifically, I personally feel as if the best variant of this -- curation of "best of" -- is being done via e-mail newsletters. Recomendo, Exponential View, Benedict's Newsletter, and Kevin Rose's newsletter are what I'd recommend.
posted by WCityMike at 7:36 AM on August 31, 2017 [2 favorites]

I have basically migrated from an RSS reader to some combo of newsletters and my Nuzzel feed. Nuzzel basically looks at who you follow on Twitter (and Facebook) and what those people are sharing and shows you the stories/links that the people in your network are most sharing.

I use Nuzzel so much that I have unfollowed people on and have generally curated my linked Twitter account to curate what comes up on Nuzzel (e.g., you can't follow too many people from one publication or all you'll see is writers promoting their colleagues' stories). And I have several curated Twitter lists that give me industry or field-specific Nuzzel feeds.
posted by AceRock at 8:02 AM on August 31, 2017 [1 favorite]

Bookforum's Omnivore blog
posted by neroli at 8:26 AM on August 31, 2017 [2 favorites]

You might like Longform.
posted by wwax at 8:27 AM on August 31, 2017 [1 favorite]

I came in here to suggest Hyperallergic, but I guess now I'm seconding it.
posted by mermaidcafe at 8:35 AM on August 31, 2017 [1 favorite]

Arts & Letters Daily
The Browser
Open Culture

Email lists:
Digg Editions
Prufrock (n.b. leans conservative, but in an intellectual way, not a Trumpy way)
posted by kevinbelt at 8:59 AM on August 31, 2017 [3 favorites]

Agreeing with WCityMike on BoingBoing I don't go there any more.


I think I have more but on my phone atm.
posted by falsedmitri at 9:16 AM on August 31, 2017

Seconding the NextDraft email.
posted by Vek at 9:39 AM on August 31, 2017 [1 favorite]

New Shelton Wet/Dry
posted by Chrischris at 10:35 AM on August 31, 2017

Thisiscollosal -- art & design, some tech

Bored Panda -- art, design, lifestyle

iO9 if you like science and media (esp. sci-fi / fantasy)
posted by ananci at 1:05 PM on August 31, 2017

The Calvert Journal is excellent.

From their About page:

The Calvert Journal is an award-winning online magazine dedicated to exploring the culture and creativity of the New East: eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia.

Today, thanks to a rising generation of artistic talent, the New East is in the midst of tremendous change. This is the inspiration for The Calvert Journal, which has established itself as the leading authority on contemporary culture, creativity and travel in the region, delivering a mix of daily features, news, interviews and photography.

We aim to offer an inspiring, carefully considered take on the people, places and creative projects of the region. Our vision is to bring context and insight to a part of the world that, despite its richness, often goes underreported.

posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:56 PM on August 31, 2017

Damn Interesting

Everlasting Blort
posted by falsedmitri at 4:04 PM on August 31, 2017

Someone named Jessamyn runs a Tiny Letter newsletter.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:04 PM on August 31, 2017 [3 favorites]

Digg? Not as obviously curated by named humans but pretty wide breadth of top/viral sorts of links. No discussion forum.

And... I'm with the anti - boingboing pile-on here. Super long - time reader here, and so disappointed in the direction the site has taken in recent years.
posted by girl Mark at 11:27 PM on August 31, 2017

Seconding Arts & Letters Daily
posted by Vispa Teresa at 1:07 AM on September 1, 2017

Regularly updated, and routinely wonderful is TYWKIWDBI (= Things You Wouldn't Know if We Didn't Blog Intermittently). As far as I can tell, "We" is just one person, but it kind of doesn't matter.
posted by gubenuj at 7:41 PM on September 1, 2017 [1 favorite]

The Wirecutter used to be the best place for gadget recommendations, someone who's shopped for gadgets more recently than I might be able to confirm if that's still so...
posted by MoTLD at 5:15 PM on September 4, 2017

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