July Soapbox

August 03, 2018
- Extracurriculars
Author - Katherine Fox

There’s this fun game everyone plays when they reach adulthood called “how is it already [insert month here]?” Now it’s our turn: how is it already August? We blinked and July was over—but here is our curated lineup of things that we read, watched, and paid attention to during the month of July.

We’re still very much mourning the loss of LA legend Jonathan Gold and poring over his writing is one way to honor the Angeleno. A Jonathan Gold starter pack is now made easier considering the LA Times lifted the paywall on any and all J Gold content: this poignant essay, a spicy review, a reveled remembrance, this fun piece, and this Funkhaus original.

And of course you must watch City of Gold. It’s a true testament to the fact that he loved this taco-filled city.

Whether you’re concerned with your Goodreads progress on 2018 reads or are trying to make a commute better with some book club action, there’s one question bibliophiles near and far continue to revisit over and over: if you listen to an audiobook does that count as reading it? WIRED shared some thoughts on this hotly debated topic over here.

The App Store turned 10. Take a trip down memory lane with this insightful gem.

The Ringer gave us their own curated list of the 100 best television episodes of the Century. It’s a list only The Ringer would attempt to make. Agree, disagree, concede—you’ll likely do all three as you explore the list. Warning: may or may not encourage binge-watching of shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

If there was any book you needed to add to your summer reading list, it’s this one. Shea Serrano took all of his knowledge and adoration for The Office and turned it into an illustrated essay collection, perfectly titled Conference Room, Five Minutes. Believe us when we say it’s magic.