Twitter | Search | |

Favorite Articles I Read in 2017

Here are the articles I most enjoyed reading over the past year.
Ivan Mesa Dec 16
Looking back over over 2017, here a few articles I especially enjoyed. on Great Books, identity politics, and the “dying art of disagreement.” ’s “honest obituary of a wicked man” (Hugh Hefner).
Reply Retweet Like
Ivan Mesa Dec 16
This Obama exit interview by the (former) chief book critic at the . Despite my political differences with the former president, I was fascinated to see what books he read and how they shaped his outlook on life, people, history, and the world.
Reply Retweet Like
Ivan Mesa Dec 16
In an ever-transient culture where we think little of establishing roots and being in “membership” (to borrow a Wendell Berry reference), I appreciated this on how our housing choices make adult friendships more difficult.
Reply Retweet Like
Ivan Mesa Dec 16
Brilliant profile of historian Peter Brown (81). Ben Ferencz, 97, is the last Nuremberg prosecutor alive. Quite the intriguing 60 Minutes story. The battle of the Popes is endlessly fascinating to me.
Reply Retweet Like
Ivan Mesa Dec 16
“How to Look at a Tree” ()—one of my favorite longform pieces of 2017.
Reply Retweet Like
Ivan Mesa Dec 16
Replying to @IvanTable
Quit cable news. “Read three books on a topic and you know more about it than 99% of the world. Watch news all day for years and you have a distant, water-cooler-level awareness of thousands of stories, at least for the few weeks each is popular.”
Reply Retweet Like
Ivan Mesa Dec 16
Replying to @tomricks1
“The first draft is for the writer. The second draft is for the editor. The last draft is for the reader.” Fantastic piece by . The work of an editor is not seen, but great writing rarely happens without it.
Reply Retweet Like
Ivan Mesa Dec 16
Replying to @SenJohnMcCain
This speech by . Patriotic verve wedded with humility and courage. One of the finest speeches I have read in a long time. How to be a C.E.O., from a decade’s worth of them. So many leadership principles here:
Reply Retweet Like
Ivan Mesa Dec 16
Replying to @IvanTable
The most thoughtful journalists are “serious readers.” That might sound a little pretentious, but I completely agree. One way to acquire understanding—not to mention sanity—is to be a serious reader. Lots of good quotes here.
Reply Retweet Like
Ivan Mesa Dec 16
Replying to @gracyolmstead
“Social capital depends on real presence. It’s the sort of connection that only happens via geographic proximity, not on social media.”
Reply Retweet Like
Ivan Mesa Dec 16
Replying to @IvanTable
/Fin. I hope others savor these as much as I did. I’d love to see what other articles stood out to you in 2017.
Reply Retweet Like