Nona Willis Aronowitz for The Atlantic’s CityLab on Why These Midwest Millennials Are Choosing Milwaukee Over Chicago:

Milwaukee, a city of almost 600,000, has a lot to offer twentysomethings: relatively affordable housing, unique restaurants and bars, a rich cultural scene, and a famous art museum, not to mention a gorgeous Great Lake. It’s also a mere one-and-a-half hour car ride from Chicago, one of the biggest and most vibrant cities in the country. Milwaukee isn’t a commuter town, but it’s not a figurative island, either. Many young people I spoke with described it as a sort of “mini-Chicago,” or perhaps what Chicago used to be a few decades ago—a city that has retained its blue-collar roots while still offering certain amenities for ambitious Millennials.

I came for a job, but I’ve stayed becuase it’s a pretty nice place to live and much cheaper than most other places I ever imagine moving to (which helps make it an even nicer place to live of course).

There are many things Apple and Google could fix, but saying the app stores should be better is like saying the yahoo directory needed work… “We’re in the App Store and we get no downloads” = “my book is on Amazon but no-one buys it.”

– Benedict Evans, on twitter

[The Internet] makes dumb people dumber and smart people smarter. If you don’t know how to use it, or don’t have the background to ask the right questions, you’ll end up with a head full of nonsense. But if you do know how to use it, it’s an endless wealth of information. Just as globalization and de-unionization have been major drivers of the growth of income inequality over the past few decades, the internet is now a major driver of the growth of cognitive inequality. Caveat emptor.

Kevin Drum, via MR.

Basically everyone is dressing like me.... I now look like every single fucking hipster dad in America.... Through the grunge era I was always a little bit too preppy. But now the thing about this lumbersexual bullshit, there’s a little bit of prep.

– John Roderick, Roderick on the Line #134: A Minimum of Eels

If a writer has kept me hooked on a long westward cross-country drive and blows a tire at the Nevada-California border, I rarely hold a grudge. I bail out on most writers back in Scranton.

– Dwight Garner, on the Serial Podcast Finale

Yes, journalism has always been messy, but the speed with which it’s generated, aggregated and distributed may now be overwhelming us.... Paradoxically, in the age of oncoming vertically integrated digital-media companies it may become easier, and certainly faster, to ignore the facts.

– Kontra, in Stop the Presses!

Change is hard, in our own lives and in the lives of nations. Change is even harder when we carry the weight of history on our shoulders. Today we are making these changes because it is the right thing to do.

Barack Obama on ending the United States embargo against Cuba

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