What to Read on the Subway This Week: 8/19
Secrets make every read oh-so-much more interesting. And turns out, there are secrets all around us.
See what lurks behind your favorite morning show, then learn the not-so-obvious reason a recent web redesign is leaving you confused. Prefer your secrets in fictional form? Pick up a classic mystery.
On Your Kindle
Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, by Brian Stelter
Okay, I admit it: I enjoy media gossip. So, of course, I loved this book: Brian Stelter’s exposé of the rivalry between The Today Show and Good Morning America is a fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes dynamics of everyday television. From the awkward firing of Ann Curry to the ratings fears of network executives we never see onscreen, Stelter reveals that being Top of the Morning is a surprisingly competitive and nasty business.
On Your Smartphone
“Why I Resist Web Redesigns (And Maybe You Do, Too),” by Linda Holmes
Ahh! NPR just redesigned its homepage, causing panic in regular readers like me. Have you ever experienced a web redesign that left you feeling vexed? Social media fans often complain when their favorite websites, like Facebook, undergo change. Luckily, NPR’s pop culture columnist Linda Holmes has chimed in with an amusing piece on why redesigns are so anxiety-inducing.
On a Podcast
“Half a Million Secrets,” by Frank Warren
Have you heard of PostSecret? The website began as a community art project by Frank Warren, who left blank postcards around his hometown of Washington, DC for anonymous people to write their own secrets and stories on. As he reveals in this TEDtalk, the project soon caught on, and Warren has now received hundreds of thousands of postcards from around the world revealing people's innermost secrets—from the heartwarming and funny to the dark and dramatic.
Enter a Murderer, by Ngaio Marsh
New Zealand-born Ngaio Marsh was one of the three 1930s female mystery writers dubbed the “Queens of Crime,” along with Agatha Christie and Margery Allingham. While many readers today are familiar with Christie’s Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, Marsh’s more subtle police detective, Inspector Roderick Alleyn, deserves to be rediscovered. In Enter a Murderer, Alleyn’s quiet night at the theater is interrupted by death. But whose secrets were worth killing for?