This is definitely the first time I’ve ever emailed you over the holidays, but what the hell.

When I wrote a few weeks ago asking for your best reading and TV recommendations, I was inundated with great suggestions. So, I thought it would be fun to share the list. 

A few of the replies reminded me of huge omissions on my own list. I can’t believe I overlooked Axios, for example, which I read religiously (especially Sara Fischer). Reuters deserved a call out too. Trusty and no nonsense.

And how did I not mention The Bear, arguably the best new TV show of 2022? Since writing that email – prodded by many of you – Tara and I already binged our way through The White Lotus, which is tremendous. 

Several people recommended Heather Cox Richardson’s Substack and I’m all about it. Same goes for the Hidden Forces podcast. 

I even listed a few book recommendations, even though I explicitly didn’t ask for them. I’m sure some of you have time to read books. 

Anyway, I thought you might all enjoy the list. 

Happy New Year!   


  • Tangle 
  • The Daily Shot 
  • The Daily Skimm 
  • The Hustle 
  • Science
  • The Marginalian 
  • Reuters
  • The New Yorker 
  • Axios 
  • Semafor 
  • The Hub (Canada)
  • Hacker News 
  • American Affairs
  • How to Read This Chart  – Philip Bump
  • Bloomberg – Matt Levine
  • AVC – Fred Wilson
  • NextDraft – Dave Pell
  • Whitney Tilson
  • Alex Garcia 
  • Professor Feynman
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson


  • Culture Study – Anne Helen Petersen
  • Exponential View – Azeem Azhar 
  • Letters from an American – Heather Cox Richardson
  • Noahpinion – Noah Smith
  • People vs Algorithms – Troy Young
  • Slow Boring – Matthew Yglesias
  • The Weekly Dish – Andrew Sullivan


  • Ultra – Rachel Maddow
  • Hidden Forces – Demetri Kofinas
  • Maintenance Phase – Michael Hobbes and Aubrey Gordon
  • The Real Science of Sport – Professor Ross Tucker and Mike Finch


  • Breakout Brands: Why Some Brands Take Off…and Others Don’t by Jared Schrieber
  • The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 
  • Books by Tyler Cowen
  • Books by Christopher Moore 


  • Welcome to Wrexham 
  • Ghosts (BBC version)
  • The White Lotus
  • Catastrophe
  • Down to Earth 
  • Welcome to Flatch
  • The Chosen
  • Station 11
  • Single Drunk Female 
  • Minx
  • Hacks
  • The Bear 
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Reservation Dogs
  • Stutz
  • Derek 
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Derry Girls 
  • Irreverent 
  • The Righteous Gemstones 
  • The Murdochs
  • Ken Burns: America’s Role in the Holocaust 
  • Sailing SV Delos – Episodes 58- 95  
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • Am I Being Unreasonable?
  • Slow Horses 
  • Shantaram
  • 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Running Down A Dream
  • History of the Eagles 
  • Michael Jackson – This is It


  • Made in Heaven 
  • Delhi Crime 
  • Sacred Games

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