Consuming content is essential if you’re going to produce it. As a content agency, we’re always snacking on bits of literature for inspiration and professional growth.
For this week’s blog, we’ve rounded up books, magazines and online favourites from our team.
Josiah Gordon, acting art director
“It was interesting to read about the complexities of building a Dadbot—not just the technical challenges and the massive amount of resource material needed, but also the moral and ethical implications of building something to re-create a loved one, in James Vlahos’s piece ‘A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Immortality’ in the August issue of Wired.”
Paul Ferriss, director, editorial and creative
“I’ve been enjoying the July/August issue of Popular Mechanics. It made me want to learn welding, buy a new screwdriver, drive a hydrogen-powered car and try an obscure ginger beer that’s made by a New England goat farmer.”
Bonus pick: “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” in The Atlantic. “As a parent of a smartphone-obsessed teen, any story that explains the generational shifts shaped by screens is a must-read.”
Chloe Tse, digital editor
“I’m sticking to my favourite feminist gems (Bust) and sweet lady-loving reads such as Curve, which I wrote for earlier this year. I also recently read Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt again (following a re-watching of Carol). It felt right.”
Claire Cooper, managing editor
“Whenever there is a particularly crazy Trump-related news development, I like to check foxnews.com to see how they are covering it.”
Beverley Ann D’Cruz, editor
“The BBC’s “If you read only 6 things this week” newsletter is a collection of stories from the BBC’s feature sections, which include my passion subjects of travel, culture and future. The editor-curated articles are based on ‘wit and whimsy’ and vary from why one of my favourite desserts is blocked at borders to where our unique Canadian accent comes from. Not only is it great shareable content, the writing is fantastic and has plenty of interesting facts—entertainment and education in one smart package!
“The stories also make great conversation starters, especially since my work-desk neighbour (sorry, Kristen) often hears me LOLing when reading the stories on Friday mornings at the office (sorry, boss).”
Kristen Koch, associate editor
“I’m not the biggest Henry James fan, but I love thrillers, so I thought I’d give The Turn of the Screw a try. (Nothing like a pale face looming out of the shadows for a chill when I’m sitting on my building’s sunny rooftop patio!)
“In the daylight, I had a good laugh over the bit in James’s introduction about his difficulties bringing ‘the bad dead back to life for a second round of badness.’ And then, in the middle of the night, I lay there sweating, terrified I’d see what his characters call ‘a horror.’”
Breanna Rawn, graphic designer
“I recently snagged Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale from a used bookstore after a friend suggested it. It felt like a book that should be passed along instead of bought new.”
Stephanie Bomba, managing editor
“The last book I read was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It’s a play based on a story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, and is the eighth Harry Potter story. As a fan of the series, reading this was like reuniting with friends and family you haven’t seen for a while—there was a real sense, at least for me, of going home again.”
Rebecca Masters, account coordinator
“I’d recommend the novel The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. This author always manages to tell an unexpectedly funny tale about unlikely protagonists (i.e. an illiterate girl from the slums of Soweto). Not only is this novel hilarious, but it also takes you on a decades-long world tour from South Africa to Sweden. It’s a page turner that reminds the reader that with a little luck and determination, anything is possible.”
Andrew Raven, contributing writer
“Ayn Rand’s 1,000-plus-page magnum opus Atlas Shrugged, an ode to unrestrained capitalism, seems more relevant than ever in the Age of Trump. Part romance novel, part dystopian vision of the future, it’s a titanic book that has sparked its own philosophical movement.
“Rand never misses an opportunity to bash you over the head with anti-communist zealotry. But when that starts to wear thin, there are steamy romances, mysterious abductions and magic engines! It’s the furthest thing from a breezy summer read—in fact, I started in on this behemoth more than a year ago—but it’s definitely worth an attempt.”
Any sweet reads you think we’re missing out on? Send us a tweet and let us know.