Weekly Roundup: What To Read This Weekend


This week: the rise of “NPR voice,” making a book cover, what art is actually for and more.

Radio: How “NPR voice” (i.e., long pauses and a conversational cadence) became a radio trend, and why we find it to be so trustworthy, via The New York Times.

Caffeinate: Surprisingly diverse coffee-focused Instagrams, from coffee-stain art to gorgeous action shots, via The Kitchn.

Flashback: Pick any year between 1960 and 2013 and you’ll get served the most popular songs from that year, via The Nostalgia Machine.

Careers: A book jacket designer at major publisher Knopf explains how she turns someone else’s words into a cover that sells, via Literary Hub.

Art: Art sure is fun to look at, but what is it for? This charming video aims to answer that, via The School of Life.

Word: treppenwitz (n.; German): literally a “staircase joke;” the clever line that comes to mind only after you’ve run into someone and walk away.

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Photography by Angi Welsch.