Now more than ever, we need to listen — to ourselves, and to those whose experiences stray from our own. A great way to listen? Read. Read so hard this year. If braving the headlines and social media is a struggle, here are six newsletters to diversify your reading list. They go straight to your inbox, no wading through toxic spaces necessary.
Up until last year, I was naive to the wonders of the 21st century email newsletter. "Newsletter," to me, sounded like the neon, type-heavy printouts you grabbed after Mass but never actually read. In recent years, though, newsletters have blossomed into culture critiques, laden with GIFs and links. Like, a digital, interactive research paper - if you are a nerd like me and think that sounds amazing. Otherwise they are something else that sounds equally cool.
So why have newsletters emerged as a favorite low-key content delivery system? Well, for one, their structure inherently fights against trolls. In utilizing subscriber-only platforms like TinyLetter (no, you don't need to pay, but you do need to provide an email address), newsletter creators sift out the anonymous vigilantes who love to harass, uh, anyone, it seems. Additionally, they are unfettered by character limits, and can link to their hearts' content. Interested? Subscribe. Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe.