Compelling Reads are a weekly collection of pieces from around the web that we found thought-provoking, inspiring, or otherwise interesting.
A wonderful piece from BrainPickings on how allowing spontaneity into our lives gives rise to a “model for the life most worth achieving.”
An examination from Cal Newport on the social internet, and how it can be decoupled from social media. This piece cemented our commitment to building The Inclined Mind as a node in the social internet. We believe that control over creative content should primarily belong in the hands of creators, not platforms, and we are dedicated to supporting that goal.
Speaking of control being in the hands of a platform, BuzzFeed wrote an investigative piece on the massive network behind Amazon’s fake review problem. In a sample of 58.5 million Amazon reviews conducted by ReviewMeta, 9.1% were found to be “unnatural.”
Farnam Street’s interview with Patrick Collison, CEO of the online payments company Stripe. (Transcript) Stripe is a technology startup that was estimated to process roughly 27% of all online payments in 2016 (so presumably more today). 
Books we’re reading
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable, by Seth Godin [Amazon]
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, by Tom Kelley and David Kelley [Amazon]