The Week in Review: Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Thousands of pro-Democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong over a week ago to fight for the right to choose their own leadership, an opinion at odds with the Chinese government.

Tensions started to rise in August after the Chinese parliament voted to pre-approve candidates who would appear on the ballot in Hong Kong and picked up more recently with the student-led revolt.

The government in China denounced the protests as “illegal acts” and insisted the conflict is a domestic issue.

“Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs,” said Wang Yi, the Chinese foreign minister. “All countries should respect China’s sovereignty.”

But the protesters show no signs of backing down.

“Let’s all stay strong, stand firm, keep fighting to the end,” said Alex Chow of the Hong Kong Federation of Students. “We are fighting for universal suffrage and the right to nominate our leaders.”

Although largely peaceful, the uprising was dubbed the “Umbrella Revolution” because of the umbrellas used to shield against pepper spray and tear gas from the police. Over 91 people have been injured.

Stay up to speed with the demonstrations, tour the streets of Hong Kong and read about the historic relationship between China and Hong Kong with magazines on Flipboard.

The Umbrella Revolution by Elsie Chan: Track the protests from the beginning of the uprising.

Hong Kong & China News by HappyHappySunshine123: Explore the long and complex relationship between China and Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Urban Photography by Andi Andreas: See the city, apart from the recent conflict.

Protests in Hong Kong by thenewsdesk: Keep up with the latest developments around the clock.

Breaking Hong Kong by JMarni: Over seven million call Hong Kong home. Read about their economy, culture and architecture.

China by Ladye Wilkinson: News about the world’s second largest economy.

~GabyS is curating “Words To Live By

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Flipboard Arrives on Windows Phones

Windows Phone fans can get excited about the Lumia 830 rolling out around the world—and the Flipboard team is ready to celebrate too. Flipboard is pre-loaded on Lumia 830 phone and is available on all Windows Phones with at least 1 GB of RAM, such as the Lumia 920 and HTC One M8. Like our release for Windows tablets and desktops, this newest edition of Flipboard is tailored just for Windows Phone 8.1 users.

From its architecture to visual design, Flipboard for Windows Phone includes some great features. As CTO Eric Feng explains, “We’re re-imagining many of our designs and interactions so readers can get to more of the content they care about more quickly.” Check out a video interview with Eric on all the interactions that make this launch unique to Windows Phone, or see a list of the features below.

  • Cover Stories is central: After you pick a few topics for your magazine, Flipboard takes you directly to your Cover Stories. Cover Stories collects highlights from everything you’re following and gets more personalized as you add new things to your Flipboard.

  • Search and follow more sources: Continue to customize your Flipboard by tapping on the search icon in the top right corner. Enter keywords to find articles, photos, publications and Flipboard magazines, or browse through sections like News, Tech, Travel and Design. Open the app bar (it looks like three dots) on any story for the options to Share it or Follow the story’s source.

  • See everything you’re following: All the sources you’ve followed are listed in one place. Tap the menu icon in the top left to find everything on your Flipboard, including the sources you’ve added and the magazines you’ve been making.

  • Share to other Windows phone apps: When you find something you think is interesting on Flipboard, you can share it to other Windows phone apps. Tap the share icon on articles, photos and videos to send it as a text message, email, social media post and more.

You can download it from the Windows Phone App Store today. The Microsoft and Flipboard teams will continue to work together in the months ahead to develop a roadmap for optimizing Flipboard for lower memory Windows Phones. We’re excited and we are eager to hear your feedback. Let us know any thoughts or questions you have at our support page.

~The Flipboard Team

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On the Red Couch with Author James Patterson

When James Patterson set out to be a writer as a graduate student at Vanderbilt, he says he just wanted to write books that “were as good as they could possibly be.” He wrote some fiction and then started reading thrillers, like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist. “I thought that I could conceivably write books that were suspenseful,” he says. “So I tried one.”

Ninety-five books later (with 300 million copies sold worldwide), Patterson is one of the most successful writers of our time. He’s sold more books than Stephen King, Dan Brown and John Grisham combined, and he’s responsible for such iconic characters as detective Alex Cross from books like Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls, and Jack Morgan of the Private series. (In fact, you can download Private for free this month from our partner, iBooks, as part of their iOS 8 launch celebration.)

Patterson is also a huge proponent of encouraging kids to read—and to love reading. Here’s what he had to say about this important mission and more…

Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration for Alex Cross?
Well, I grew up in Newburgh, New York, which is a tough little river town about 60 miles from New York City—pretty significant African-American population. My grandparents ran a little bar/restaurant. The cook there was a black woman, and she was having trouble with her husband so she moved in with us for a few years. I spent a lot time with her family. I loved just the way they were. I loved their spirit—the music, the food, the wit, the charm. I also played a lot of basketball in those days, and most of the best basketball was in the parts of town that were African-American. So I hung out with a lot of kids like that. And then, as I got older, I just didn’t like the way African-Americans were portrayed in the movies in those days—sort of the guy with the ghetto blaster on his shoulder—and I said, “That’s not really representative.” So I wanted to create a man who was different from all those stereotypes.

And how about the character Jack Morgan. How did he come to be?
[I wanted to create] a worldwide organization that was the best investigative unit in the world in pretty much every city that they were in, and get a character who was obsessed with making that happen, who was basically pretty ethical about conducting business in a line of work that is infamous for being a bit shady. He had been a marine and he just wanted to do things differently. That fits with the way that I would like to see things more [in today's world], in terms of corporations having a really powerful ethical side to them.

How do you keep serving your fans? You’re such a prolific writer.
Well, if you were in my office, you would see there are shelves all the way around the room. There’s one folder that’s about four-inches thick now and it has a very clever title on it called “Ideas.” I just keep adding to that. I have probably a couple of thousand ideas for books, and I keep adding to them. So it’s never been a problem. The way I write, if I get to a chapter and I’m not getting it right away, I just go on to the next chapter. And if a book is stalled, I just go to another book.

Of all the books that you’ve written, which is your favorite?
I don’t have a favorite. I’m very happy to have created a lot of memorable characters: Alex Cross, the entourage in Private, the idea that Private takes readers around the world, The Woman’s Murder Club series, Maximum Ride, and then the kids stuff, the younger kids stuff which I love: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life and I Funny, which is about a kid who wants to be a standup comedian. He studies every comedian in the history of mankind and then he starts writing his own jokes. But he could never really be a standup comedian because he’s in a wheelchair. One of the things we find is that it’s the power of humor to help us pass the bumps in life. I think my kids books are probably the best things that I do.

In fact, you’re a big advocate for getting kids excited about reading. Why is this issue so close to your heart?
As individuals, we can’t solve the healthcare crisis or do much about global warming. But we can get the kids in our house reading. We can help the local school. And in my case, I can reach out even farther than that. At this point, I have scholarships at 24 different universities, over 400 scholarships for teachers; I just shot a pilot for a kids variety show out in Hollywood which is all about celebrating the arts. I think we’ve given away over 700,000 books now to kids and to the military. It’s something that I can do.

We just have one boy, Jack, and when Jack was little he wasn’t a big reader. He’s a smart kid but he wasn’t a big reader. When he was eight we said, “You’re going to read every day in the summer.” And he said, “Do I have to?” And we said, “Yeah, unless you want to live in the garage, but we’re going to get cool books for you.” We wound up getting a dozen or so books ranging from Percy Jackson to Al Capone Does My Shirts to A Wrinkle in Time, etc. etc. By the end of the summer, Jack had read 12 books and he liked all of them. His reading skills had improved dramatically. When Jack did his SATs, he got an 800 in reading.

What are some books you think every child should read?
My favorite kids’ book is The Book Thief. But that’s not for all kids: it’s a dark and tough book. I don’t think there’s a book that all kids should read. The main thing is that kids read a book and when they’re done they go, “Give me a another book.” That’s the kind of books kids should read. It takes a lot for kids to be ready for Shakespeare. We just should not be giving kids books when they’re going to turn them off because they’re not ready for them.

Are you optimistic about the future of books? What do you think happens to them in the next few years?
I think eBooks are terrific for people. I wish more kids were aware of eBooks because kids like screens. On the other hand, I think it’s important that we have bookstores and places where people could go and feel comfortable about talking about books. Right now we do not have a way to do that on the Internet in the way that we would like to. My theory is that in five years from now, the equivalent of Ulysses comes out and it goes onto the Internet with a million other books, and it immediately gets 10 F’s—”Couldn’t get through the first page,” “Couldn’t get through the first chapter”—and then it disappears from the Earth. That’s my fear. That Robert Caro never gets to write all those books on LBJ because nobody would give him the advances he would need to take the time to go and write them. I think those are the problems we’ll have to deal with. Look: if it all winds up on the Internet, so be it—as long as people can get the information that they need to be able to find books that really are superior, whether they’re literary or commercial, and that writers can be encouraged and mentored and find a way to write books.

Flip through this magazine for more about James Patterson and to quickly get to his offerings on iBooks:

Click here to read more about James Patterson on Flipboard.

~MiaQ is reading “reBel piXie Magazine

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The Week in Review: Derek Jeter’s Last at Bat

After swinging 342,000 times for the same team, New York Yankees star Derek Jeter stepped up to the plate on Thursday night for the last time. For 20 years, his consistency, professionalism and “generational excellence” were upheld as examples of how New York City saw itself—for better or worse.

The reaction to Jeter’s retirement—which he delivered earlier this year via Facebook—was one of surprise, even among his teammates. The 40-year-old, notorious for his off-season discipline, seemed to bounce back from a 2013 season marred by injuries. But when the road to recovery proved difficult, Jeter realized the time had come to lay down his bat.

As teams around the country honored “one of the most accomplished shortstops of all-time,” Jeter spent his farewell tour racking up new records. “His focus will be winning, like always,” said Yankees General Manager Joe Girardi. Though his humility makes Jeter a fan favorite, it’s his technical skill and prowess under pressure that’s led sportswriters to vouch for his place in the Hall of Fame.

For a crash course on Derek Jeter and his legacy in baseball, Flipboard readers have collected some of the game’s best on-field moments below:

Jeter by Tiff: Jeter’s something of a mythic character in baseball. Was he the perfect player? This magazine examines both sides of that debate.

Yankees by charlespmoses: Straight from the source, this magazine goes through fan blogs, tweets and Instagram posts to explore what it means to be a Yankees fan.

I Like Baseball Too by Joe K: In America, there are plenty of sports to choose from. But none seem as connected with the culture as baseball. Learn more about the game once referred to as the “national pastime.”

Baseball Visual by John Lackey: Baseball’s an aesthete’s game. From the drama of the diamond to the poetic phrasings of many a starry-eyed sportswriter, the sport has a certain artistic bent. Confused? Check out this mag.

Baseball History by Tom McMahon: Considering that all you need is two sticks and a ball, it’s not surprising to learn that baseball could be one of the oldest games in the world. Its more recent history is on display in this magazine.

~ShonaS is curating “Kitchen Confidential

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On the Red Couch With DJ Spooky

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky doesn’t just want you to dance. Though the musician still spins experimental music at clubs and museums around the world, he also writes books, designs apps and leads a conceptual arts center on a remote island in the South Pacific.

Truly a multimedia artist, Spooky uses his “audio collages” to communicate his many environmental, philosophical and intellectual pursuits through song. As the first artist-in-residence at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Spooky joins a number of electronic musicians exploring the scintillating synthesis of art, technology and sound. Recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic, Spooky’s also something of an anthropologist, conducting research and field studies in places as remote as Antarctica.

Impressed and a little overwhelmed, we spoke with him about musical journeys, old cell phones and how the greatest remixes occur in life.

You initially dabbled in photography, philosophy and literature. How did you come to music, and why?
I’ve always felt the boundaries between media are artificial—a story, a theater script, an art project, architecture. Music is art, art is writing, writing is just another kind of expression.

I’m inspired by Andy Warhol and what he did with Interview Magazine (the old one!) and Maria Popova’s BrainPickings or Cory Doctorow with Boing Boing. My business partner Maranda Pleasant at Origin Magazine has a similar philosophy – I’ve learned to balance with her and figure out ways to help make Origin Magazine grow. Great, smart folks, all! That’s what inspires me.

What attracts you to remote locations like the South Pacific or Antarctica?
Music is a kind of journey. Too many people don’t think for themselves. Going to remote environments like Antarctica or the South Pacific really lets me compare different routes. (Once you see how beautiful the spots I hang out in like Vanuatu or Tahiti are, hanging out in New York is a bit parochial.) It helps me to make music.

You have to get away sometimes to get perspective. Once any human being sees how beautiful that kind of place is, it just changes the way you look at everything. You can never go back because you will look at the world around you in a really different way.

With such a range of interests, what’s your process for starting a new project?
People tend to forget that, officially, the iPad only came out in 2010, and the iPhone came out in 2007. That’s extremely short in terms of the norms of how culture evolves. Think about Android as an operating system as well. If you go back to when Motorola’s designer Martin Cooper made the first “cellphone,” the DynaTAC 8000 in 1983, things have changed so much—we’re deeper into the idea of “mobility.”

I just finished my new book, The Imaginary App, with MIT Press about apps, design, and the way interfaces like Flipboard have changed the way people look at creative solutions to how we organize information online and off.

When we first started, the basic idea was to contrast different approaches to organizing the book. It’s a book about apps, so it should mirror the way they function. I started by thinking of apps as a way of getting people to think about sampling ideas. We use apps to get small concepts out into the social marketplace, which is shorthand for the first steps in making ideas manifest as software.

I guess that’s the basic premise: make all ideas converge and see what’s left after they collide. Stuff like that is what made my book, and my Flipboard magazine, really fun to put together.

Semantic Infiltration by Paul D. Miller

In your work you talk a lot about pattern recognition and this idea that we “live in the presence” of history. Could you elaborate?
That’s why I love Flipboard! It creates a great frame for ideas and research in a graphically complex but really accessible format. Super cool! It’s the way I think a lot of people read and think about ideas these days, and that’s what makes it work for the kind of creative environment I operate in.

Flipboard is a tool to organize the way you read into a great graphical environment. That’s another way of studying patterns. So I guess I’m a Flipboard artist.

Magazines abbreviate the way we think about any topic. It’s that sense of brevity that Flipboard has inherited, and that’s how I apply what I’ve learned from print magazines to my Flipboard feed: Keep it fun, immersive, and unexpected.

Has originality become anachronistic? Do you believe there’s such a thing as “artistic authenticity” in the digital age?
Originality is always oversold. I think that humanity had great strength in looking at and comparing solutions to problems by sharing information.

The person who singlehandedly kick-started science fiction, Jules Verne, once wrote that “if one person can imagine something, another person can make it real.” That’s how I like to think about creativity. By sharing and creating much more robust exchanges of ideas, and everyone benefits. That’s what sampling is about. Everything is a sample.

~ShonaS is reading “The Internet Flâneur

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How Flipboard Does Money

The rising costs of pharmaceutical drugs, equal pay for women and the perils of processed food—these are just some of the topics covered in the inaugural issue of Money back in 1972. Forty-two years later, our worries haven’t changed much, and Money’s still offering down-to-earth, personal financial advice for every generation.

Best known for its Best Places to Live series, the magazine uses personal finance to tell the story of a changing America while challenging certain assumptions. How did the suburbs come to be the best place to be rich and single? Why are chocolate makers and photographers flocking to McKinney, Texas? For a smart, pragmatic guide to the Next Big Thing, Money’s your best bet.

Today that sound advice comes to Flipboard, where Money’s bank of resources is fully paginated. Tap below and make Money work for you:

~ShonaS is reading “Facepalm

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On the Red Couch With Shebooks’ Peggy Northrop and Laura Fraser

When it comes to reading, women are the more prolific sex. A Pew report revealed that more women have read at least one book in the last year (82% vs 69%) and that they read more than their XY-chromosomed counterparts: the average number of books read by men was 10 vs 14 for women. 2014 was even declared “the year of reading women.”

Good timing, then, for Shebooks, a curated collection of short e-books written by women, for women. Founded by author/journalist Laura Fraser and Peggy Northrop (also the editor of Sunset magazine), Shebooks publishes memoir, fiction and journalism—up to 15 new pieces each month. Readers can subscribe to never miss a title or purchase à la carte.

Most stories on the platform are more than 7,500 words (about the length of a longer article in The New Yorker) so they have room to unfurl. “But whether the stakes are emotional or another kind—health, money, love, sex or whatever—there has to be real insight along the journey of the story,” says Fraser. “There has to be some payoff for the reader because why waste…well, we used to say why waste the paper.”

In this interview, we learned how the digital imprint is not just freeing trees but also women, liberating them to tell their stories—and why that’s even necessary at all.

Why did you create Shebooks?
LF: The biggest pleasure about doing this work for me has been to discover and publish these incredible women writers. I feel we are creating the platform that I want to write for. As someone who has been a career journalist who has written three books, two of them memoirs, I know how increasingly difficult it is for people to get published—as journalism has become devalued, as publishing has focused on the top 1% of the writers. Writers who are fantastic but aren’t getting as much attention are getting left behind. I’ve been astonished at the quality of what’s come in [to Shebooks]. Beautiful, beautiful manuscripts. People have had 10,000 words in their drawers that they have been polishing for the last 10 years.

PN: And they had no place to put it. I feel like we’re creating a platform that I always wanted to be an editor and a business leader of because I have presided over the shrinkage so many magazines. I presided over “Let’s cut some more pages,” “Let’s cut our rates.” We were focused on what advertisers needed out of our publications instead of focusing on what consumers are reading, sharing and talking about—and in particular women were not getting published at the length that we are publishing. [We give them the] opportunity to stretch past 1,200 or 3,000 words; they get to write like the way the guys do in the New Yorker or Harpers or The Atlantic.

But why do we even need a female imprint? Why not just talk about great books and stories?
PN: Well, lots of people are talking about great writing and great stories, and then you actually count up the bylines and they are really talking about great guy stories written by great guys. I was on the board of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) for a long time and we struggled with the exact same issue. You would put magazines at a certain circulation up against each other, and a women’s magazine, that was serving a much greater number of readers, was always at the bottom of the pile. So at ASME, we decided to create a category for women’s magazines. We just couldn’t figure out how to pay attention to the things women were actually writing and reading.

Why was that happening?
LF: I think basically there is a very deep bias in our culture that doesn’t bubble up to the surface very often: not so much against women but against women’s stories and interests. You can say that women tend to be more interested in stories about each other’s experiences. You can say that women are more interested in a more internal journey than an external journey. So the thought-leader magazines give a lot of space and time to those external adventures: when someone rows a canoe around the world, that’s a big story, but if someone goes through a lot of turmoil, emotionally, that’s not considered a story—although that’s actually what women like to read.

You are both extremely well read. Who are some of your favorite writers, on Shebooks or off?
PN: I’m going to suck up to Laura now and say her book, The Risotto Guru, is one of my favorites. It’s actually a collection of three stories of about her travels in Italy, and in particular, a guy she found to make the perfect risotto, who was also her cab driver. It’s just this wonderful adventure in eating and food and experiencing a culture.

Ethel Rohan’s book, Out of Dublin, is another one of my favorites. This is a memoir where she reveals things about her life that she never talked about before. The authenticity and the beauty of the writing is just unbeatable.

And Mary Jo McConahay’s journal, Ricochet. It’s a memoir about being a war correspondent in El Salvador and her friendship with a woman who was a photographer during the same war and what they went through together and how their friendship changed when one of them decided she couldn’t bear to see another dead body.

LF: There is a really quirky, wonderful novela by Jennifer Finney Boylan who is a New York Times bestselling author and fairly well known in the transgender community. It’s probably the only novela by a transgender writer, about a transgender girl coming of age. It’s really funny, a comic road trip.

And then we have our bestseller, The Marco Chronicles by Elizabeth Geoghegan, which is the anti-”Eat, Pray, Love” where she goes to Italy imagining all these romantic encounters with Italian men who are gonna, you know, sweep her off her feet…but no. (Laughs) It’s hilarious.

Do you have any tips for busy people who want to read more?
LF: As with anything else, you have to be smart with your time, and part of that is reading good quality. Just like with exercise, you have to carve out time to feed your imagination and spend time in other worlds. Otherwise, how do you grow as a person without other perspectives?

Click here to see Shebooks’ Flipboard magazine.

~MiaQ is reading “Getting Things DONE

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The Week in Review: Scotland Votes Against Independence

From JK Rowling to David Beckham and Vivienne Westwood, everyone offered their opinion on whether Scotland should have become an independent country and cut 300 years of ties with England.

Ultimately it was up to Scottish residents, and in a referendum on Thursday nearly four million voters chose to remain part of the United Kingdom.

Both sides put up a strong fight over months of campaigning. Alex Salmond spearheaded the campaign for “Yes Scotland” and Alistair Darling led the charge for “Better Together.” Salmond said he wanted a self-sufficient country, free from the politics of England, while Darling said he hoped to remain a united front.

Voters were told to consider everything—from healthcare, education and the monarchy to the UK’s national debt and defense policy—when making a decision. Oil and currency were also key issues in the campaign. Salmond stated Scotland could become one of the richest countries in the world and David Cameron argued Great Britain is one of the world’s most successful political unions.

As the UK deals with the aftermath of the vote, these Flipboard magazines offer you the news from all sides.

Scottish independence: a nation decides by The Guardian: The Guardian has compiled its coverage of campaigning, voting and results day.

Scottish Independence 2014 by Peter Cobbe: From mortgages to the NHS, look at the issues that would have been affected by a Yes vote.

Spectator Collection: The Scottish Referendum by The Spectator: The Spectator offers its viewpoint on the referendum and the fallout surrounding it.

Yes Scotland #indyref #yes by Ken Young: Read all the latest news from a pro-indepenence perspective.

Scotland Decides ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ by The New York Times: Scotland’s decision is big news around the world. Here’s coverage from The New York Times, all in one place.

An Independent Scotland by Jonah Timms: An insight into some of the many questions that arose during debating: Would Scotland join the Euro? Would a passport be needed to cross the England/Scotland border? What does the Queen think?

~JessE is reading “Illustrating Light

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Exclusive Clip from Fury Director on Flipboard

In support of its upcoming movie, WWII drama Fury, Sony Pictures has included a special clip that’s exclusive to Flipboard in its brand magazine. The video features Fury Director David Ayer talking about why he included an actual Panzerkampfwagen “Tiger” tank in the movie.

Tiger tanks were significant because they significantly outmatched the competition. They were larger, more powerful and much-better protected than the Sherman tanks used by the Allied Forces. It’s estimated that it took 15,000 Sherman tanks to destroy 1,500 Tiger tanks in WWII, and the 3rd Armored Division incurred a 90% loss rate due to the effectiveness of Germany’s Tiger tanks. Ayer and his team were able to secure the only operational Tiger tank in the world, from southern England’s Bovington Tank Museum. The tank featured in this clip, Tiger 131, was the first Tiger tank captured by the Western Allies in WWII.

It’s also the first time in modern filmmaking history that an original Tiger 1 tank was used in a movie. See this exclusive footage in the Fury Movie brand magazine or below. Fury opens on Oct. 17, 2014 and stars Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.

~MikeC is reading “FURY MOVIE

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What I’m Reading: Research Assistant Elizabeth McCullough

Nobody promotes their magazine on Flipboard quite like former Jeopardy contestant Elizabeth McCullough. On Twitter, McCullough is a master of the pleasantly provocative tweet—”Rough news cycle, huh? Here’s a hamster!”—that directs readers to her magazine, The Internet Flâneur.

“I’m just strolling around the internet, gathering the best of what I find and sharing it,” says McCullough. A professional writer and editor, McCullough—who holds degrees in psychology and counseling— is also a research assistant for business thinker, social scientist and The New York Times best-selling author Daniel Pink. In her free time, she manages one of the world’s most comprehensive literary blogs, Book Balloon.

In short: McCullough loves information. As for what kind, suffice to say her insatiable intellect is without prejudice. Feeling quite confident that we’d learn something new, we asked her: what are you reading?

I subscribe to many, many newsletters and site feeds that I skim just about every morning for articles related to my interests and projects: writing, politics, literature, and creative nonfiction and journalism. Previously, when I found something quirky or moving or really well written, I’d share the link on Facebook. I’d get the occasional comment from a friend saying, “You always find the best stuff,” which was gratifying. One day, a friend from Charlottesville, Cindy Maisannes, suggested I give Flipboard a try.

I’ve loved magazines since I was old enough to hold one. My mother and father subscribed to several, including National Geographic, Field & Stream, Readers Digest, and the classic women’s magazines: Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal. My dream job would be reading vintage magazines all day long.

So when I realized that Flipboard was a way I could make my own “magazine” and share it with my friends, I was hooked. My favorite part is choosing the cover image. I know the rule of thumb for a successful magazine is to concentrate on a hot topic or niche interest, but my mind doesn’t work that way. That’s why I called my magazine “The Internet Flaneur”—I’m just strolling around the Internet, gathering the best of what I find and sharing it.

The Internet Flâneur by Elizabeth McCullough

Here’s where it gets a little embarrassing: I don’t have an iPad, which I understand is the ideal platform for using Flipboard as a feed reader and a porter to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. So I’m not getting the full effect of one of the things Flipboard does best, which is graphically organizing information into streams.

For profiles, human interest stories and creative journalism, I subscribe to a mix of classics and new web-based media: Longform, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Longreads, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Hairpin, Washington Post and The New York Times.

Art and photography, i.e, eye candy: Recaptured, Photos Futuristic Explorations.

For fun: Laughing Squid, Ministry of GIFS and, of course, LOL Cats.

If I run across a good magazine on organization or writing, that goes in the mix as well: All Things Productivity and On Writing & Publishing & Everything.

It’s so easy to flip, flip, flip through the articles until one catches my eye. Flipboard creates a very comfortable reading format for all kinds of articles. I really appreciate that, because given the amount of time I’m online, my eyes get tired fast.

~ShonaS is reading “The Shot

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