With a few tweaks to Audible and Alexa, Amazon could own podcasts.

Obama recording WTF with Marc Maron, 2015.

I’m a big podcast fan and listener. I started listening back in 2005, when you had to download standalone software to subscribe to feeds. These days, I use Apple’s built-in Podcasts app, but in the past, I’ve used Overcast, Downcast, PocketCasts, Stitcher, and probably a few others I’m forgetting.

It’s incredible that 24% of Americans listen to a podcast each month, given how difficult it is to find and share them. Discovery is completely broken. As I write this, SiriusXM has a market cap of 26 billion dollars

In 2017, I listened to only music released in 2017. This was an idea given to me by a friend who’d done the same successfully in the past. In theory, there are two benefits to this activity. First, you’ll discover new favorite artists and records that otherwise would have flown under your radar. Second, new music can be a mile-marker as you travel down this crazy highway called Life, and hearing it later can trigger memories and nostalgia. No one releases new records in early January. The first few days of the year were brutally quiet. I checked the new…

One of my goals for 2017 was to read 50 books. I replaced Twitter with Kindle, switched from podcasts to audiobooks, and kept a couple of books in my bag at all times. I ended up reading 57 books this year, most of which were worth my while. Below is an alphabetical list of the very best, and the almost very best.

The Very Best Books I Read in 2017

American Kingpin, Nick Bilton — The most entertaining book I read all year. I’m a huge fan of Bilton’s style, and his telling of the story of the Silk Road is outrageous.

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi…

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