Reading newsletters is one of my favorite ways to get expertly curated news and information about topics I am interested in. While too many newsletter subscriptions clog your inbox and mind, subscribing to and consistently reading a limited number of the best can focus you on what's important. I go for the "all stuff, no fluff" newsletters written with style and a point of view.
Most major newspapers, magazines and other news outlets publish some type of newsletter. I read a few of the most well known, including The New York Times' Today's Headlines and The Wall Street Journal's In Today's Headlines newsletters, to get a good overview of the news of the day. However, I find the following newsletters to be among the best of the best. Enjoy your reading.
NextDraft is a current events newsletter published every business day by Dave Pell (self-proclaimed "Executive Editor, Internet". Dave explains, "I am the algorithm. Each morning I visit about 75 news sites, and from that swirling nightmare of information quicksand, I pluck the top ten most fascinating items of the day, which I deliver with a fast, pithy wit that will make your computer device vibrate with delight. No bots. No computer algorithms." Truly an informative and entertaining look at each days news.
Morning Brew proclaims it's "Your Daily Fix Of Everything Business." While that is certainly an over-the-top claim, the newsletter does bring you a quick summary of the top market and business news. It also provides a breezy and entertaining focusing on a few other business topics of the day. Good for a quick take on the markets and business for those folks not really into a deep dive.
Further is a newsletter published once a week by Bryan Clark, a serial entrepreneur, content media pioneer, and former practicing law" with "hand-picked resources about health, wealth, wisdom, and travel … without the noise and fluff." A great selection of curated articles usually tied together around common themes.
The Farnam Street newsletter is written by Shane Parrish. Farnam Street "is devoted to helping you develop an understanding of how the world really works, make better decisions, and live a better life." The newsletter addresses "such topics as mental models, decision making, learning, reading, and the art of living." Shane is a big fan of Charlie Munger.
In Austin Kleon's weekly newsletter he sends out a list of 10 things he thinks are worth sharing — new art, writing, and interesting links. Aimed at, and focused on, a creative and arts oriented reader. Mind-provoking for everyone. Austin is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.
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A twice-weekly newsletter Zen Habits "is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness." Leo Babauta is one of the original bloggers in the holistic/meditative/simplicity field and still one of the best.