The Sunday Digest: Caught in the Study Web
Everything we published this week
Don't know about you, but we had quite a week over here. Fadeke Adegbuyi caught fire online once again, with everyone from Tyler Cowen to Anne Helen Petersen praising her incisive, empathetic look at how young people are handling academic stress online. Hot off the heels of his own viral moment, Evan Armstrong followed up his fiery take on startup culture with a return to explainers. On our members-only community Discord server, productivity supercharger Khe Hy led a workshop on the famous Getting Things Done (GTD) philosophy.
There's plenty more to read and listen to from our writer collective below, so dig in and enjoy!
by Fadeke Adegbuyi in Cybernaut (26-minute read)
Fadeke avoids any trace of a "what-are-those-kids-up-to" tone in this deeply felt but keenly observed exploration of the constellation of digital spaces and online communities teens are using to communicate with and support one another under the ever-increasing pressure of today's academic world. From the uptick in Study Influencers, to the grim reasons behind their existence, Fadeke has once again magnified a chunk of the internet in order to tell us something about the world beyond it.
by Evan Armstrong in Napkin Math (11-minute read)
Evan returns to unpacking the income statement for this explainer on Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization—government-borne incentives meant to keep businesses in line, and which can offer a look at how canny the companies they are applied to can be. If you want the "metagame" of finance to be demystified just one more notch, this is your next ticket.
by Nat Eliason in Napkin Math (5-minute read)
Nat's DeFi newsletter has officially gone weekly, and its latest installment offers a primer on the sidechain Polygon—which, he writes, is only going to become more useful as the market dips, dives, and rises once again.
by Fadeke Adegbuyi in Cybernaut (5-minute read)
A perfect complement to the full essay, this week's Cyberbits collects some excellent resources from and examples of Study Web, including supplementary reading and memories from the phenomenon's earlier days.
by Rachel Jepsen in The Long Conversation (45-minute podcast)
Want more from last week's back-and-forth on startup culture? Rachel got Adam and Nathan together to discuss their respective articles on a workplace they both have personal experience with. Touching on the importance of (respectful) disagreement from editors and other writers (or both at once, in this case!), the trio ultimately consider Every itself as an experiment in pluralism.
What's going down in our Discord this week.
- Monday, May 31st at 11am eastern/ 8am pacific: Focused writing time with Executive Editor Rachel Jepsen
- Thursday, June 3rd at 1pm eastern / 10am pacific: Working at Startups—a conversation with Napkin Math's Evan Armstrong
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What’s Going On
News you might have missed.
- Permanent jobs rise as employers sweeten pay, benefits for gig workers amid labor shortages
- Amazon to buy MGM Studios for $8.45 billion
- Google Women Suing Over Gender Bias Win Class-Action Status
- UK police surprised to learn energy-intensive weed farm is actually a Bitcoin mine
What We’re Reading
Our favorite writing from beyond Every.
- On assistance, mental models, and problem solving (Why is this Interesting)
- MTV's Next Great Challenge (The Ringer)
- The Sudden Rise of the Lab-Leak Theory (The New Yorker)
- The Big Queer Energy of Lady Gaga's Born This Way, 10 Years Later (Harper's Bazaar)
An Invitation to Every
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