A Personal Map Of Medium
Some suggestions for those who are deranged enough to read my scribblings
As both my loyal readers know, I tend toward opinion-pieces occasionally interspersed with things I actually know a little about. And when I’m not polluting the page with my own thoughts I take refuge in the writings of others.
But as a very good friend of mine pointed out recently, the Medium recommendation algorithm is about as reliable as a statement by Donald Trump — though not as stupid, vile, and idiotic. How therefore can one find writers who actually write things worth reading?
Thus it occurred to me that for those who find some amusement from the things I write, a few recommendations might increase the pleasure they derive from Medium. Although I am (as is alas too often the case) late in presenting this holiday gift, without further ado let me recommend wholeheartedly the following writers and their genres:
First up is Mitchell Diamond, who writes with great clarity and intelligence on matters regarding the human mind and the consequences of its evolution-determined convolutions. Mitchell’s work can be found here.
Next up is someone who recently decided to write anonymously due to an unconscionable amount of lamentable spam when writing under her own name; suffice it to say that this writer conveys her outrage and yet hope regarding our current condition and can be found here.
If you have any interest at all in the astonishing reality of the universe, which is so much more interesting and unpredictable than any tedious tale about magic pixies, Ethan Seigel writes very layperson-accessible articles about physics and cosmology here.
Finally we come to a writer whom I recently discovered (to my great delight) and who writes with a delicacy I can only envy but alas never hope to emulate. Her scalpel stands in stark contrast to my sledgehammer, even though I’ll continue to assert that no problem is too large nor too complex that it cannot be solved with a sufficient amount of plastic explosive. Emma Clarke’s witty pieces can be found here.
And that’s it: my Medium suggestions for 2021. It may not be a great year but at least these writers will certainly make it an interesting and amusing one.