Reserve Readings

I guess I spoke too soon. One more quick piece of clean-up from 2018.

Here are three excellent articles I read in the last month that I think are worth sharing.


First, a pretty amazing story about a crazy-ass endurance race, and the woman who competes with men to win the damn thing.

Ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter Takes On The World’s Most Sadistic Endurance Race

In theory the race sounds easy: run a 4+ mile loop through the woods on a Tennessee farm every hour. But, as with taking a shot of beer every minute for an hour, it wears you down a lot faster than you would expect. This race sounds bananas.


Next, a pretty sobering account of the health of the Internet. Specifically in how much of what is out there is real. And it is just going to get worse as technology improves.

The “fakeness” of the post-Inversion internet is less a calculable falsehood and more a particular quality of experience — the uncanny sense that what you encounter online is not “real” but is also undeniably not “fake,” and indeed may be both at once, or in succession, as you turn it over in your head.

Maybe we should just shut it down and start over again.

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.


Finally, I’m betting a lot of you have already read this one, about the unlikely friendship between Charles Barkley and as Asian-American man from Iowa. Save this one for a bad day, because it will clear the clouds a little bit, guaranteed.

My Dad’s Friendship With Charles Barkley