August’s Essays (unlocked)
In August, I was invited into Medium’s Partner Program.
As a solo writer, I’ve embarked on the ambitious challenge of reading a book and writing an essay about it, every week, in my spare time.
So far, this has taken between 5–15 hours total, from reading the book, note-taking, ideating, drafting, and revising the final essay. You can see the books I chose in the essays below.
I publish a new essay every Thursday. My essays will remain locked for Medium Members until the first of every month, when I release them to all of Medium.
I read widely, but I have a central mission:
I believe in human progress and human rights. Challenges will always face us. How can we understand and overcome them?
Me, I choose to write. By writing I think. Then I engage with people to test my ideas and reflect on my actions and participation.
I’ve written 4 essays in my overall series, but as I wasn’t invited into the Medium Partner Program until mid August, I only wrote 2 pieces in that month.
These essays are now unlocked for your reading pleasure!
Douglas Murray urges readers to take notice of the fatal blow Europe’s politicians have already dealt the European…medium.com
China Miéville holds a Ph.D. (2001) in International Relations from the London School of Economics, is a member of the…medium.com
So far in September, I’ve written these essays (these essays will be unlocked on October 1st):
Max Tegmark shed tears after emerging from a London science museum in 2014, but by early 2017, his heart had warmed.medium.com
Get a feel for my writing
To get a taste of my writing to see if you like it, you might also peek at these unlocked opinion pieces, which I sprinkle onto Medium whenever I feel the urge to write:
How to cultivate the most important trait for the 21st centurymedium.com
In Life 3.0: On Being Human in the Age of AI, Max Tegmark spends some time on the topic of how to advise young people…medium.com
What are you reading that has changed your life?
I have a healthy list of to-read books, but I always welcome recommendations. Please send them my way in the comments!
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Call to Action
If you want to learn how to read artfully AKA slowly (like me) but still read one book a week, check out my reading checklist.