What are we reading? February 7, 2019


Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.


Kirk LaPointe, editor-in-chief:

We have heard it before: Failure teaches us more than does success, and it is smart to admit failures as your career progresses. Now people are taking it one step further and creating a “failure resume.” - The New York Times



Author Hari Kunzru presents a sketch of the United Kingdom as it lurches toward Brexit. It is not pretty. - The New York Review of Books



The tech sector’s computer science hub emanates from Stanford. But with so many of the tech giants contending with scandal, the university has a challenge keeping students dreaming of the job. - The Ringer



Emma Crawford Hampel, online editor:

In ‘fake’ Chinese food, we find real family stories: Jack Knox writes about Globe and Mail food writer Ann Hui, whose book, Chop Suey Nation, details her drive from Victoria to Newfoundland in a quest to better understand the country’s small-town Chinese restaurants and the people who run them. - Times Colonist



How has Facebook changed your social life? “The social network is 15 years old this Monday, and in taking stock of the effects of its decade and a half of existence on people’s social lives, this is what stands out the most: Facebook is where friendships go to never quite die.” - The Atlantic



Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall on the intimidating gap between polling and policy in the in the fight for U.S. universal health care. - Talking Points Memo



Echoing what many industry insiders in B.C. have been saying on and off the record, Canadian technology sector players feel snubbed by what they see as the federal government’s fawning treatment of U.S. tech stars. - Financial Post



Glen Korstrom, reporter:

This humorous profile of copy editor and author Benjamin Dreyer, whose book on grammar is climbing best-seller lists, provides a sense of his personality, while also containing thoughts on better writing. -  New York Times



Tyler Orton, reporter:

Harvard’s top astronomer says an alien ship may be among us – and he doesn’t care what his colleagues think. - Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/harvards-top-astronomer-says-an-alien-ship-may-be-among-us--and-he-doesnt-care-what-his-colleagues-think/2019/02/04/a5d70bb0-24d5-11e9-90cd-dedb0c92dc17_story.html?utm_term=.dc77f2516714


I chalk this up to a “grass-is-always-greener” response from our southern neighbours. And while Canadians constantly crave international laudits, the Twitter response from citizens less-than-thrilled with the country’s history balances a way-too-friendly exercise in backpatting. - New York Times