I'm still in Guatemala, and still not paying any attention to the internet. I made this newsletter ahead of time—hopefully there are enough treats here to tide you over 'til I'm back on the news cycle next week.
Best tech lols this year: Jessica Pressler on Washio and Lizzie Widdicombe on Soylent.
Best things I reread immediately: Andrea Lee's notes on the exotic and Meghan Daum's ambivalence about motherhood.
Best reported piece that changed my perspective on an oft-covered issue: Sarah Kendzior on minimum-wage workers and Lauren Smiley on San Francisco's last street standing.
Best Q&A: Tavi & Miley.
Best art review: iso14below on white people reacting to Kara Walker's work.
Best essay about an icon: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on The Beyhive.
(I am going to try to do a fuller best-of list for 2014-- consider this a preview.)
Some people are all about getting to inbox zero, but I want to make To Do List Zero a thing. Do you guys have those three or four things that have been hanging out on your list forever? My non-work to-do list looks like this:
My friends Dana and Andrei got married in June. I have had that Bill Callahan poster rolled up in a closet for more than a year. And, most embarrassingly, I have lived in California for nearly 4 years and have yet to update my driver's license. Please reply and tell me the thing that has been on your to-do list forever, and can we collectively pledge to get to zero in 2015?