Ben Leszcz

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Ben Leszcz

1 day ago

Fascinating though not shocking expose of PR-funded digital journalism.

How brands secretly buy their way into Forbes, Fast Company, and HuffPost stories

theoutline.com

Ben Leszcz

11 days ago

‘Representative democracy failed you lob a grenade at it. That is rational.’ @mashagessen on Trump & Putin

A Mafia State Within a Totalitarian Society

theatlantic.com

Ben Leszcz

37 days ago

In which @jasonmcbride68 smartly unpacks (but doesn’t fully explain) Paw Patrol, which I kind of loathe @walrusmagazine

Inside the All-Consuming World of Paw Patrol

thewalrus.ca

Ben Leszcz

67 days ago

A smart approach to proposal writing, shared generously by @zeldman

How We Write Proposals in My Design Studio

zeldman.com

Ben Leszcz

88 days ago

America is crazy, and according to @KBanderson, it's all Esalen's fault. Nice review by @jimsteele88

Kurt Andersen’s Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

villagevoice.com

Ben Leszcz

140 days ago

Radical thinking from @jasonhickel in @fastcompany: Capitalism is the problem. Notably absent: an alternative.

Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem?

fastcompany.com

Ben Leszcz

158 days ago

Interesting take on the way in which Trump has splintered the DC social scene (while his own hotel plays an outsize role for White House insiders).

‘It’s the End of Small Talk in Washington’

politico.com

Ben Leszcz

158 days ago

Highway art: The Bentway defines the next wave of urban public spaces

theglobeandmail.com

Ben Leszcz

203 days ago

In which @magicmolly meets @moonjuiceshop and makes sense of the lifestyle "goo-doo" phenom

How Amanda Chantal Bacon Perfected the Celebrity Wellness Business

nytimes.com

Ben Leszcz

203 days ago

Post-oil, Dubai will be the world's leading exporter of climate solutions. Fascinating take by @ajblum

Oil won't last forever, so Dubai is betting big on science and tech

popsci.com

Ben Leszcz

234 days ago

Half of American households have Amazon Prime (and other reasons retail is dying).

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

theatlantic.com

Ben Leszcz

255 days ago

Lovely reading for the back of a taxi stuck in Vancouver traffic--@Timothy_Taylor_ on this flakey, beautiful, singular city

My Vancouver: An Ever-Unfolding Story

nytimes.com

Ben Leszcz

316 days ago

The big, easy, dirty business of knocking off @kickstarter products

This 24-year-old made $345,000 in 2 months by beating Kickstarters to market

cnbc.com

Ben Leszcz

316 days ago

Not sure "cuck" is dirty as she claims, still a terrific column from @leahmclaren

‘Cuck’: a modern swear word that’s as dirty as the old ones Add to ...

theglobeandmail.com

Ben Leszcz

362 days ago

Good trick: How will I feel in 10 minutes/months/years about this big decision?

The 10/10/10 Rule For Tough Decisions

fastcompany.com

Ben Leszcz

374 days ago

How Humans Became 'Consumers': A History

theatlantic.com

Ben Leszcz

381 days ago

Nice @globearts column, in which Russell Smith takes a surprisingly populist turn.

Tadao Ando, and the problem of architecture that’s too good

theglobeandmail.com

Ben Leszcz

388 days ago

Not sure how much of this account is revisionist, but interesting take on Kushner as employing a data-driven, move-fast-and-break-things approach to Trump's campaign.

Exclusive Interview: How Jared Kushner Won Trump The White House

forbes.com

Ben Leszcz

457 days ago

Hipsters and artists: the brave foot soldiers of capitalism.

Artists are the neoliberal state’s troops. Artists make the first move into post-industrial, post-welfare state wastelands like brownfield sites and council housing estates and sow the seeds of cultural capital.

Hipsters and artists are the gentrifying foot soldiers of capitalism

theguardian.com

Ben Leszcz

492 days ago

This is nuts: Peter Doig is being sued for refusing to authenticate a painting he denies creating.

Artist Peter Doig Says Plaintiffs Threaten to Reveal His Secret ‘Criminal Past’

news.artnet.com

Ben Leszcz

508 days ago

70% of poor American families own at least two colour TVs. Do they both spark joy?

Are we consuming too much?

qz.com

Ben Leszcz

515 days ago

@wilshylton has produced a masterpiece. Among the finest profiles I've read. Kudos.

The Mysterious Metamorphosis of Chuck Close

nytimes.com

Ben Leszcz

522 days ago

Smart take on work, leisure and the fear of boredom.

The bleak truth about how we spend our time

businessinsider.com

Ben Leszcz

526 days ago

Most notable feature of @stephenmarche's apt piece on Toronto the Pretty Good: he uses "miasma" & "inveigles" in the same line

Welcome to the new Toronto: the most fascinatingly boring city in the world

theguardian.com

Ben Leszcz

535 days ago

The Britain I grew up in took pride in its common sense and pragmatism. Affinities for ideology and political extremism were regarded as suspect, European qualities.

Why Brexit Might Not Happen at All

newyorker.com

Ben Leszcz

551 days ago

Just catching up on the powerful, succinct piece, timely again today. This is how fascism comes to America.

This is how fascism comes to America

washingtonpost.com

Ben Leszcz

557 days ago

one thing I would recommend to parents — that it is a pretty unique opportunity to be able to spend time with a child developing some kind of activity together.

Practice Makes Possible: What We Learn By Studying Amazing Kids

npr.org

Ben Leszcz

569 days ago

“What we’ve seen is that every single generation enters the work force and feels like they’re a unique generation, and the generation that’s one or two ahead of them looks back and says, ‘Who are these weird, strange kids coming into the work force with their attitudes of entitlement and not wanting to fit in?’”

Corporate America Chases the Mythical Millennial

nytimes.com

Ben Leszcz

596 days ago

"The difference between a community and a network is that you belong to a community, but a network belongs to you. You feel in control. You can add friends if you wish, you can delete them if you wish."

Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap”

elpais.com

Ben Leszcz

599 days ago

"The vast majority of people reading this article will have a Snapchat account within 36 months,” he says. “Even if, as they’re reading this, they don’t believe me.”

How Snapchat Built a Business By Confusing Olds

bloomberg.com

Ben Leszcz

632 days ago

Lovely @brainpickings piece on Delacroix & the importance of being alone.

Think of the blessings that await you, not of the emptiness that drives you to seek constant distraction.

Young Delacroix on the Importance of Solitude in Creative Work and How to Resist Social Distractions

brainpickings.org

Ben Leszcz

649 days ago

OxyContin stuffed animals: the real root cause of America's heroin problem.

How Big Pharma Gave America Its Heroin Problem

psmag.com

Ben Leszcz

655 days ago

A short, insightful take on structuring the creative process.

Why So Many Ideas Are Pitched as ‘Uber for X’

theatlantic.com

Ben Leszcz

664 days ago

Corpse mediation: Better than Facebook.

To Be Happier, Start Thinking More About Your Death

nytimes.com

Ben Leszcz

669 days ago

Shameful that it's taken me this long to read what many consider to be the greatest magazine profile ever written. A singular achievement.

Frank Sinatra Has a Cold

esquire.com

Ben Leszcz

670 days ago

For Monte Carlo's 1879 debut, they built an opera house. In Vegas, 1946, Bugsy hired Abbott & Costello.

classics.esquire.com

Ben Leszcz

670 days ago

The art of skimming non-fiction... and turning reading into a purely utilitarian act

How to Read a Book a Week

hbr.org

Ben Leszcz

676 days ago

Don't call it a comeback.

Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband, who had paid to have her killed

washingtonpost.com

Ben Leszcz

685 days ago

"The Art of Toilet Cleanliness" captures the essence of what makes @joebeef singularly great

The Art of Toilet Cleanliness

luckypeach.com

Ben Leszcz

690 days ago

Kudos, @itsmarkmedley, for this lovely profile of a "contributive" bookseller, who sold dildos with poetry, and is Canada's own Joe Gould.

Wonder of Thunder Bay: Look inside a gallery of overlooked books

theglobeandmail.com

Ben Leszcz

690 days ago

Does democracy need newspapers? Maybe not so much

thestar.com

Ben Leszcz

701 days ago

Fascinating obit of Ernest Dichter who introduced psychoanalytic thinking into marketing.

Retail therapy

economist.com

Ben Leszcz

733 days ago

When all the doctors are leaving and hedge funds are arriving, you know you're in trouble.

the Puerto Rican case represents “an important test of whether Washington is, as some allege, controlled by financial interests.”

How Hedge Funds Are Pillaging Puerto Rico

prospect.org

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