Weekend Whats

What to Read: “This, I tell him, actually sounds like it was my fault. I put a target on their back by naming them number one, and that influx of people messed with the way they’d been running the business for decades, and all that could literally be blamed on me, if you were going to blame someone. ‘No, no, successful people don’t blame others,’ Stanich told me again, though this time he wasn’t looking at me.” Kevin Alexander on the power of lists in the internet age, and a few other issues: I Found the Best Burger Place in America. And Then I Killed It.

+ What to Movie: “Alex Honnold’s climb should be celebrated as one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever.” That NYT quote is totally accurate and Free Solo is a great documentary that chronicles the year or so leading up to the climb. It’s amazing. My amygdala was firing off the charts just watching the climb. (Sidenote: I have a wife, 2 kids and 5 pets. I got out of the house alone last Saturday night to watch Alex Honnold climb El Capitan in Free Solo. I feel like I should have had a documentary crew with me because, given the odds, my achievement was equally unlikely…)

+ What to Doc: I’ve heard the excellent Seema Reza talk about her writing programs for veterans. One of the programs was captured in a short HBO doc that follows several vets suffering from PTSD as they use the written word to share and heal. We Are Not Done Yet.

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