Smart Reads: Chris Jones on the Changing State of Journalism

  • Whether you’re interested in the rapidly shifting landscape of arts journalism, or curious about my time recently spent at the O’Neill Center’s National Critics Institute, check out Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones’ interview over at Playbill. He digs into the inherent demands of criticism today and spouts little morsels of wisdom, like “the top of any mountaintop, perceived or real, is a very lonely place to be.” This is insightful stuff from one of the most insightful critics of them all.
  • If you’re a Harry Potter fan, drop whatever you’re doing and go read Daniel Dalton’s incredibly hilarious walkthroughs of his first time watching the Sorcerer’s Stone, the Chamber of Secrets, and the Prisoner of Azkaban. They’re full of irreverent tidbits like this:

#finallywatchingHP

  • Lastly, the New Yorker has a new website! They’re doing a “summer-long free-for-all” which means we should be reading all of the stories right meow! New York Magazine has a helpful list of New Yorker stories by female writers, and Buzzfeed has some suggestions. I’ve been enjoying Simon Rich’s clever writing in classic pieces like Guy Walks Into a Bar and his rather astonishing novella Sell Out, which should be mandatory reading for all Brooklynites, Luddites, and pickle lovers.

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