The Lifeboat: Links - 13 Aug' 2021

Links №1: Links and humble recommendations

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the first issue of The Lifeboat Linkscurated links to essays, articles, short stories and others things I found interesting and want to share with you. This is a separate publication within The Lifeboat, an additional type of email, similar to “X Days At Sea” but smaller and more frequent. What does it mean? A few important points:

  • Weekly essays are not going anywhere.

  • “X Days At Sea” updates are not going anywhere. They will contain a big portion of what I publish weekly in the “Essays” and “Links” sections. The problem with doing curation only on a monthly is it is hard to gather everything together and I don’t want to send an overwhelmingly big e-mail. So “Days At Sea” will be digests with extra links.

Weekly curation is a new but very low effort thing for me and potentially useful for you. I hope this format will motivate me to reflect on what I read and watch, keep it organised and allow us together to discover more good stuff. If you don’t like receiving lots of e-mails, you can unsubscribe ONLY from this category and keep receiving essays and monthly digests. Nothing will change for you.

That’s all I wanted to say. Thanks for your attention. Now, links!


These are the things I read or stumbled upon in the last couple weeks and found interesting and worth sharing.

  • The Weirdos, a short story by Ottessa Moshfegh. It is funny, intriguing, and shows us... well, weirdos, weird people and why we are weirdly attracted to them even being in sad situations.

  • The Day the Good Internet Died by Katie Baker, a nostalgic yet optimistic piece on how the internet has changed over the years, in particular, our consumption of 'content' via different tools. One of those tools is Google Reader. The article compares the world before and the world after Google Reader died, which alternatives we have and what might be the next thing.

  • Renaissance Man, a novella by Maxim Osipov. It’s a story about a bored Moscow oligarch who, among many of his newly acquired interests, shots crows with a rifle – like Tsar Nicholas II used to do – and decided to learn to play the piano, so his teachers and servants call him a Renaissance Man. During the story, the oligarch hires a personal assistant, one of the POVs, and meets different people, who change our perception of him. The novella is a part of ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’, Maxim Osipov’s story collection.

  • Positional scarcity by Alex Danco. If information is infinite, the one who can get on the top of the list is winning. And those who create these lists have full control and power. E.g. Google can manipulate search results, force you to pay money to be on top of the search results even when people looking for your brand directly. Same with Facebook, you have to follow their rules because they provide you with ‘a bridge’.

  • I Write a Parenting Advice Column by Ted Gioia. An article about parenting, systemic education and “humanities enrichment project.” Shared with me by Thomas Berry.

  • Nestflix is a website made by Lynn Fisher. It is like Netflix but for non-existent films. More precisely, films that were filmed in other films.

That’s all for this week.

Let me finish with a song…

Until next time,

John