That's News to Me
The Internet is bursting at the seams with news sites, some with first-hand content but most are consolidators, gathering information from news sources elsewhere. No doubt you have your favorites that you go to every day to catch up on what's happening in the world. The last thing you likely need is another one.
Here's another one.
It's called the Miniver Press Post. It's a bit different from most others, and therein lies why it's worth checking out. It's not overflowing with articles pushing their way for your attention with sensory overload. There are seven topics (from World to Politics to Business, as well as Leisure), along with an Editor's Pick section. And then within each topic a column of articles. All high end, all thoughtful. The sources are well-marked and come from such places as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, the British Library, the NY Times Review of Books, and so on. It's well-laid out, and low-key with brief excerpts
Nice, too, is that you can create your own "paper," but signing in and choosing your particular interests. At the moment there is nothing about the Chicago Cubs, but I'm sure that's because the publication is new, and it's probably just an oversight...
Literature tends to be a significant focus, but that's not surprising since the news site is an off-shot of Miniver Press, a small but impressive publisher of high-quality books (which you can find here). If you can't read their description above, they say about themselves that "Miniver Press is a publisher of lively and informative ebooks and print books. Our top titles include books on the Beatles, WWII aviation, the Negro Leagues, heavy metal, KISS, and corporate governance."
Long-time readers of these pages may be interested -- and not shocked -- to learn that the guiding force behind Miniver Press is the oft-mentioned and highly-admired Nell Minow, who I wrote at length about here -- and about a dozen other places. I haven't spoken to Nell yet about why she started up the Miniver Press Post, but I'm glad she did. It's definitely worth checking out. Even though it's covers general news, the Miniver Press Post will not replace your favorite general news sites. But it's not supposed to. It's a compendium of highly-informative articles that augment the general news you read elsewhere.
You can find the site here. At the moment, clicking on the link is the best way to fly because the URL address is convoluted, just a few steps because hieroglyphics. Hopefully an easy-to-remember alias-address will eventually be set up that will then forward readers to the site. But for now, at least, just click
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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