The Six Best Articles I Read This Month: July Edition.

Niall Leah
4 min readAug 1, 2022
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To be a great writer, you need to read excellent writing. Come check out some of my picks this month!

I love to start my day by reading.

It’s the perfect companion to a fresh cup of coffee after waking up. I get to learn new things and expose myself to excellent writing.

I go to fantastic places, search for excellent content, and learn unexpected things.

You know that feeling when you’re just bursting to share something? I get that all the time as I read, hence these shares.

I pick stories based on what makes me feel something: joy or sadness. I also pick stories where the quality of writing is excellent or if I learn something unique or unexpected.


Please come inside, take off your shoes, grab a coffee, and look around. I’m sure you will find something you like!

From the Web

Why Write? By Elisa Gabbert.

Description: An analysis of various reasons that compel authors to write. Whether they write for profit, sheer joy, or to relieve some desperate need weighing on their soul. A fascinating look at how different writers see their craft and what ensures they keep picking up a pen.

Sample: “It’s fashionable now to object on principle to the idea that writing is hard. Writing isn’t hard, this camp says; working in coal mines is hard. Having a baby is hard. But this is a category error. Writing isn’t hard the way physical labor, or recovery from surgery, is hard; it’s hard the way math or physics is hard, the way chess is hard. What’s hard about art is getting any good — and then getting better. What’s hard is solving problems with infinite solutions and your finite brain.

Is the United States Exceptional? By Bret Devereaux

Description: A well-researched answer to a fascinating question. The Author references the famous newsroom clip “America is not the greatest country in the world.” And then proceeds to lambast it by making a strong case that America is, in fact, the world’s greatest country, providing that the meaning of “Great” is correctly understood.

Niall Leah

An ex-pat from the UK living in Chengdu, China. I satisfy my endless curiosity about the incredible journey of humanity by reading, traveling, and writing.