The Reading List – September 2019

As we move into Autumn, we say goodbye to the ‘quiet months’ – although we didn’t experience much of that at OG this summer. If, like us, you’re experiencing a busy period, you might want to take a break and feed your mind with some of the latest, greatest articles. We’ve compiled features on our current leaders and the role of Oxford university, surviving a social media take down, and a frankly jaw-dropping tale about an intense but misguided female friendship. 

How Oxford university shaped Brexit — and Britain’s next prime minister (Simon Kuper, Financial Times)
Privilege runs deep, as this article by journalist Simon Kuper, who attended Oxford at the same time as Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Jacob Rees-Mogg attests. This article makes the current state of our parliament seem like a troubling foregone conclusion.   

17 Small But Powerful Shifts Every Company Should Make In Their Messaging (Nicolas Cole, Medium)
Write for your reader, drop the business jargon, be straightforward, stop strategising and start writing! This article provides 17 spot on pieces of advice for businesses who want to create valuable content that doesn’t blend into the background.  

Chanel Miller: Stanford sexual assault survivor tells her story (Lauren Turner, BBC)
Chanel Miller is Emily Doe, the woman who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner outside a frat party at Stanford University. She’s revealed her identity as an attempt to reclaim her own narrative, and to cast off the burden of secrecy. Chanel says that the day she ‘came out’ was: ‘The most peaceful day [she’s] had in the last four-and-a-half years… I suddenly realised, I’ve come out on the other side.’

How to survive a Twitter storm (Tanya Gold, The Guardian)
After a controversial article criticising Nike’s plus-sized mannequins, Tanya Gold became the subject of a ‘Twitter storm’. Here’s why she wrote the article, in her own words, what the disproportionate reaction felt like, and how she came out the other side. For more on this topic, read Jon Ronson’s ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’.

I Was Caroline Calloway: Seven years after I met the infamous Instagram star, I’m ready to tell my side of the story (Natalie Beach, The Cut)
An early Instagram influencer and an intense female friendship gone wrong. This tell-all article by Caroline Calloway’s ghost writer is fascinating. 

Want more? Why not take a look at last month’s list, and find out why old age is a made-up concept that’s helping no one.