But you’re going to fail

I used to say that my favorite things about living in the twentieth century were antibiotics and indoor plumbing.

Those are pretty much still my favorite things about existing in the twenty-first century. Fuck the Internet. …


Yeah, yeah, smartphones are handy when your car breaks down. That’s about it.

I’m never going to not miss the 1990s. Sorry; not sorry.

My nostalgia is probably more rooted in the fact that I was young in the 1990s and I felt good and my family members were all still healthy and the world (although headed there, I’m sure) wasn’t yet completely…


A review of Debora Harding’s Dancing with the Octopus

I read a lot of True Crime. I know. People think it’s weird. I don’t. I actually have several good reasons for reading True Crime. But one of the biggest and most valid reasons to read this nonfiction genre, in my opinion, is simply that they are often really thoughtful…


Corey Pein’s “Live Work Work Work Die” examines Silicon Valley’s start-up “culture”

My spouse saw this book, Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey Into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley, by Corey Pein, in our living room and he said, “Kudos to you, another depressing nonfiction book.”

(I read almost exclusively investigative journalism, true crime, and sociology books, and my husband…


Then consider reading this oral history about the show

If you knew how much of my mental energy in the past few years has gone to thinking about the collected works of David Simon (including his fantastic True Crime classic Homicide, his more personal and sociological book The Corner, and of course, the TV show he wrote and produced…


Before you do all your holiday shopping there

Over the last few weeks I spent some quality time reading Alec MacGillis’s new book Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America. It is about Amazon, but more broadly, it is about how Amazon is ruining many aspects of American life. It is a super-depressing read.

I absolutely adore journalism…


This is your brain on algorithms

I know, I know, last week I quit Medium and here I am again, blathering at you. Bear with me just a moment, will you? It’s been a hilarious and wonderful week and I want to tell you about it. …


I wish you and yours well, but we’re done here

Hey! It’s one of those posts! The type that nobody cares about, where I say “I’m quitting Medium and I’m never looking back.”

I’ve been on Medium for just about a year now, and I’ve tried to make it into a respectable side income for about half that time. It’s…


There are so many other better books to read

I used to be a librarian, so I pay attention to what books people are reading and what books are talking about.

I was also kind of an old-school snobby-about-reading-material librarian, so let me just say that I usually thought people were not actually reading or talking about the books…


Retro Rewind

Try this for a deep, dark secret

Retro Rewind is a weekly series that reconsiders pre-2000 pop culture. More here.

“The great detective Remington Steele? He doesn’t exist.”

I heard those words for the first time in 1982, and I fell in love with a television show that changed my world. …

Sarah Cords

“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything.” Author of “Bingeworthy British Television.” Fellow curmudgeons welcome at citizenreader.com.

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