A regular spot to share some ideas about what’s good and what’s not on the interwebthingy. But, you know, it’s your life, so feel free to agree, disagree or ignore what follows.
What caught my attention last week
Tripping With The Road Trip
Richard Kreitner and Steven Melendez get all obsessive at Atlas Obscura about the American writers who have chronicled their piece of the continent. They’ve composed a map of places mentioned in 12 such books, including Mark Twain’s Roughing It, Jack Kerouac’s On The Road and Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
The Revolution Continues
Mike Wilson became editor of the Dallas Morning News newspaper last year, after long experience in Florida papers and a short stint at Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight. In an interview with the Columbia Journalism Review‘s Richard Parker, Wilson sets out what he’s trying to do:
I talked to the staff in May, first. Essentially I urged people to imagine the newspaper we can be: A website which delivers vital information to North Texas quickly and also curates and produces a great city newspaper. But I also said that we were going to need new skill sets, which are now mostly print and need to be mostly digital. Through evolution or revolution we would need to do that.
There’s the rub: vital information quickly and curation. And make some money while you’re at it.
A Good Buzz
The Economist‘s obituary tells the story of Burt Shavitz who died on 5 July aged 80. Born in New York, he decamped to Maine and started keeping bees and selling their honey while living in a converted turkey coop. And then in 1984 he picked up a hitch-hiker named Roxanne, and the rest is history.
By 1991 they were a company, called Burt’s Bees after the name he had stencilled on his hives in the woods to keep off robbers. By 2000 the company’s annual revenue was $23m. She tried to bring him along, but he didn’t much care for it all.
What I’m Trying To Ignore Next Week
Videos of surfers battling sharks. I just don’t need that image when I’m running into the surf.