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What We're Reading | 6.23.13


Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:Gabe Bullard:My wife recently went to San Francisco for a work trip. What made the most jealous about her trip, though, was that she arrived just in time to catch a Gary Winogrand exhibit. I could look at his street photography all day. Fortunately, I got the next best thing, a lengthy post on the Awl about Winogrand and his photography. Read "In his heyday, Winogrand was like an athlete," writes Jacob Mikanowski. "He didn't have a program or theory about photography, or a set of interlocking interests. He relied on his reflexes and his skill at making aesthetic decisions in split-second increments. By virtue of its nature, his art also relied on chance. He didn't stage or predetermine anything." Read Shutter Madness.

Joseph Lord: It's no secret that I like coffee. Another thing about me—I like to work in quiet. Yet, for whatever reason, I've always found that I'm productive in coffeeshops. Maybe more so than any environment. The New York Times' Well blog has an answer for that contradiction. Read How the Hum of a Coffee Shop Can Boost Creativity.Erica Peterson: Disclosure: I backed this project on Kickstarter. But the finished product was released this week, and quite frankly, is amazing. The Hollow team's interactive documentary combines a fascinating web layout (look at it on Google Chrome) with video, audio and photos to tell the story of McDowell County, West Virginia. McDowell is a really interesting place: the poorest county in West Virginia, it has lost more than 75 percent of its population in the past 60 years. But as Hollow shows, it's a county that's full of promise, and of people who want to stay there and improve the place they love. Check out Hollow.(Image via Shutterstock)

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.