We’ve been testing the new Canopy app for the past couple of weeks, and wanted to share a few of our favorite articles and podcasts that we’ve recommended to our testers. Every day, we want to give people things to read and listen to that will delight them. We’re not building a typical news feed or serving up clickbait hate-reads — we’re simply focused on giving people great personalized recommendations that inform, entertain, challenge, and make you want to learn more.
Here is a taste of what our beta testers are reading and listening to right now:
Confiscation by Anne Noonan (Blackbird)
In Confiscation, Anne Noonan recalls an encounter with Charles Manson’s red X, carved onto the forehead of a neighbor in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1977. Her haunting essay explores the sense of self and all of the ways it becomes warped by others’ perception of your self.
Soylent Beige: The Middle Gray of Taste by Travis Diehl (e-flux)
This is one of our editor’s (That’s me, I’m writing this right now.) favorite essays. It is all parts:
On Tinder by Elizabeth Wolfe (n+1)
In this episodic essay on the nature of desire, Elizabeth Wolfe explores the inherent danger of carnal need: We risk losing what we’ve built ourselves into to what we truly are.
Her form is deceptively simple: The evocative recounting of a tinder conversation.
How the Enlightenment Sold Us a Twisted View of Human Nature By Sean Illing (Vox)
In this Vox interview with British historian David Wootton, we learn about how unfounded ideas about our nature have become human canon, poisoning our cultural discourse. It’s a common belief that humans are hardwired to pursue “power, pleasure and profit,” but evidence points in the opposite direction.
The strike isn’t just for wages anymore. It’s for ‘the common good.’ by Steven Greenhouse (The Washington Post)
This Washington Post column from Steven Greenhouse captures an overlooked political moment: A merger of American collectivist movements. Labor is moving beyond advocating for workers, per se, and increasingly looks to protect society at large from the absolute dominance of capital. Widespread U.S. teachers strikes have come to embody the intersectionality of the labor movement.
The Remote Control Brain NPR Invisibillia podcast
In this fascinating podcast, the NPR Invisibilia team interviews a woman who had the unprecedented opportunity to control her moods by remote control as part of a medical trial. The device is meant to help control the symptoms of severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
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