Compelling Reads are a weekly collection of pieces from around the web that we found thought-provoking, inspiring, or otherwise interesting.
One fascinating piece about hypnagogia, the period of time between wakefulness and sleep. If you’ve ever been jolted awake because of a sudden falling sensation, you were likely in hypnagogia. Hypnagogia studies in the last few years are being used as “a scientific tool for observing the components of consciousness as they are stripped away for entry into slumber.”
Google Trends unveiled new features and a sleek new look. With it, marketing analysts and data enthusiasts alike receive a more fine-grained view of what’s trending in searches, curated data stories by events, and new ways of looking at trends (e.g. heatmaps).
Late May is commencement speech season, and we thoroughly enjoyed Brain Pickings’ article on 5.5 great ones throughout the years. Even if many of the speeches have similar sentiments, it’s refreshing to be reminded that these optimistic sentiments exist. In the words of David Foster Wallace, “in the day to day trenches of adult existence, banal platitudes can have a life or death importance.”
Thought-provoking insights from author Ryan Holiday on creating work that stands the test of time.
A reflection from WIRED on the economic model of unlimited choice used by media providers like Netflix, and what it’s revealed about our consumption habits. The kicker? It’s from 2004, making it a veritable Internet period piece.
What we’re watching
Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World [trailer]