Inspired | November 2019

Every month, I share the articles and sites that I found most interesting. Here’s what caught my attention in November: writing the other, art & politics, creative success, and more.

How to Unlearn Everything by Alexander Chee: “When it comes to writing the “other,” what questions are we not asking?”

The Role of the Artist in the Age of Trump by Lin-Manuel Miranda

All art is political. In tense, fractious times—like our current moment—all art is political. But even during those times when politics and the future of our country itself are not the source of constant worry and anxiety, art is still political. Art lives in the world, and we exist in the world, and we cannot create honest work about the world in which we live without reflecting it. If the work tells the truth, it will live on.

The Two Traits for Creative Success and How to Cultivate Them by Madeleine Dore: “Often all we need to hear – either from ourselves or respected peers – is that it will work out, and we have the resources to make it happen.”

The troubling age of algorithmic entertainment by Navneet Alang (via)

The algorithmic delivery of music thus forms what, for Spotify, is a virtuous circle. But it also suggests that tech platforms don’t just deliver content, but that they shape it too, prioritizing quick hits and short tracks because those are the things that generate the most engagement.

After Deadspin by Alex Shephard

If there were any justice in the world, the site’s absurd decline, which could not better contrast the integrity and talent of Deadspin’s staffers on one side and the craven shit-eating of their corporate masters on the other, would serve as a wake-up call to the powers that be. Since there isn’t, it’s almost certainly a harbinger of much worse to come. 

I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb by Allie Conti: “While searching for the person who grifted me in Chicago, I discovered just how easy it is for users of the short-term rental platform to get exploited.”

What’s the most interesting thing you saw online this month?