Listen Up: What to Read (and How to Read It)—with The New Better Off author Courtney Martin
We’re hittin’ the books this week. After nerding out with tips for maximizing your Kindle time, we go deep with Courtney Martin, author of the most thought-provoking thing we’ve read in a good long while, The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream.
On our book-consumption advice…
- 1:27: Erica and Claire both use the most basic Kindle E-reader.
- 7:06: Don’t sleep on the X-Ray function, which culls reference and background deets for specific words. It’s like a built-in footnote, for the whole text.
- 8:10: Nothing wrong with a classics—we’re fans of the The New York Times books section.
- 8:20: For more personal picks, we look to Lisa Lucas, the Director of National Book Foundation, Rakesh Satyal (listen to his podcast ep here!), and Maris Kreizman—her Goodreads account is solid gold. She’s also the mastermind behind the blog Slaughterhouse 90210 and editorial director of the brilliant Book of the Month Club.
- 9:12: Check out T Magazine’s “My Bookshelf, Myself” column, in case you're wondering what Tilda Swinton is reading (duh, you are).
- 9:33: Wishing you could see into the future? The Millions has you covered with a comprehensive list of what’s coming out in the next six months. Awesome, right?
- 10:15: All you need is your library card and OverDrive to borrow digital editions, anywhere and anytime (for free, obvi).
Our special and amazing (and prolific!) guest, Courtney Martin—who’s a TED speaker, On Being columnist, and co-founder of Solutions Journalism Network— takes a break to spills the deets on her new holy-shit-this-speaks-to-me book, The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream.
- 12:16: Yet another hat: Courtney is a part of the team at the Fresh Speakers Bureau, which brings in cool speakers you want to listen to like Ann Friedman.
- 22:00: Have you ever heard of cohousing? No, it’s not just having roommates.
- 40:27: Wondering what to dive into when you finish Courtney’s book? Pick up her early inspo, Composing a Life by Mary Catherine Bateson.
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