James Clarke & Notes

Information sources worth visiting

I rarely read, listen, or watch any daily news sources because they are extremely low on content and value. (Nick Davies in Flat Earth News provides an excellent analysis of why and how newspapers have become full of recycled PR instead of journalism).

I tend to concentrate on the long form intellectual essays from the literary magazines. The three I focus on are the London Review of Books, New York Review of Books and The New Yorker. Others I skim less often are Harper’s and Boston Review. If I must follow current news (which is infrequent) I will skim the Guardian, New York Times and Financial Times for stories. All of these publications have numerous blogs which I haven’t found useful (too many posts).

Instapaper is great for managing your reading list and I usually store articles of note on delicious (and mirrored on pinboard).


Podcasts quickly get out of hand and there doesn’t seem to be anything good for managing them (iTunes is awful but at least it syncs to my iPhone). But still, I subscribe to the following:

Radio 4 has a ton of podcasts worth a listen.