2017 Lifehacker Employee Favorite Emails

Twitter and Facebook and news posts all prove that the best form of one-to-many communication is email newsletters. Lifehacker staff follow up on newsletters for morning briefings, unique insights into technology, or personal stories. These are our favorites.

Staff Writer Patrick Austin’s Choice

  • NextDraft : Dave Pell’s title “Managing Editor, Internet” is a fairly accurate description of NextDraft in general. Pell’s quick wits and great taste in things you should be interested in (in addition to stories that are more interesting than the rest of the day’s news) make him one of two newsletters that I grant access to my inbox.
  • Tracking Change : A newsletter from Postlight, a digital product studio in New York. If you’re a nerd or with a passing interest in how the internet works, from development to design to working just below the glitz and glamor of your Instagram page, subscribe. You will receive weekly deliveries of the most exciting projects, engineering stories, tools and services.

Parenting Editor’s Pick Michelle Wu

  • Quartzy : Primarily avibrant feed of the latest Quartz lifestyle stories, it reads like a personal letter from a clever friend. Newsletter curator Jenny Avins combines life insights with links worth my time – a welcome departure from the standard headline review.
  • PocketHits : Pocket’s Daily Digest is a standard headline overview, but what makes it exciting (yes, I’m one of the few who really admires email newsletters) is that it can include content from anywhere, from New York Times to personal. blogs are all the fun. Editors look at what is saved in Pocket and choose what they think everyone should read. [To subscribe, sign up for Pocket, go to your notification settings and select a frequency in the Pocket Hits section.]

Editor-in-Chief Melissa Kirsch’s Choice

  • NextDraft : It comes every day at 3pm, and it’s like a wake-up call telling me that the day, if not nearly over, is almost over, and I’ll take it. The newsletter features the top ten news stories of the day, whether it’s the top news or the top topics people talk about on Twitter. Somehow Dave Pell knows exactly what interests me and presents it from a gentle point of view that doesn’t make me hate him. This is the only daily newsletter I subscribe to and for which I have no ambivalence.

Personal Finance Writer Alicia Adamchik’s Choice

  • She doesn’t send it that often, but I always look forward to Tinyletter, Buzzfeed culture writer Bima Adewunmi … damn it? filled with beautiful writing and reflections.
  • Kara Kutruzzul’s daily copper ring helps me to be more productive.
  • I open at least three links from the Apartment Therapy newsletter every day.

Staff Writer Nick Douglas’s Choice

  • Helen: Trash . In her very rare newsletter, food writer Helen Rosner introduced me to Roberto , who is now my favorite soup. A month later, she criticized the 1954 film Brigadoon for “a fundamental failure of the narrative world-building.” ( Brigadoon is a city that only wakes up for one day of every century, which Rosner points out will not be peaceful but terrifying .) Roast is a lot of fun, even if, like me, you’ve almost never heard of Brigadoon .
  • Shatner Chatner : Mallory Ortberg (Dear Prudence Slate columnist and co-founder of The Toast ) recently started charging for her Shatner Chatner email newsletter, and you know it’s worth it. Ortberg specializes in historical satire, and her latest edition is based on the Regency era: “It’s strange that in this era everyone has a weapon, but are we still kind of dealing with the sword? Do I have this right? “
  • Like This : When Megan O’Connell’s upcoming memoir on motherhood , We Have It All, makes you cry, laugh, and have kids, you’ll want to go back and read the archives of her newsletter. You will whisper over and over, “Yes, this is what it sounds like.”
  • Can’t complain : you will also say “Yes, this is what it looks like” in the personal stories in Emily Gould’s newsletter, but you say it louder, perhaps by banging the table. Try to answer the short question “Mom is a monster.”

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