Columbus Monthly's staff recommendations on what to read, watch or listen to around the web.

Columbus Monthly's staff recommendations on what to read, watch or listen to around the web.

"The Night of the Gun" by David Carr

I'm about two-thirds of the way through "The Night of the Gun," David Carr's memoir of drug abuse and redemption. I've loved Carr's writing for years and was saddened by his death earlier this month. I found his writing so relatable; his was a much needed voice of skepticism about media institutions and the constantly shifting media landscape. He wasn't afraid to call shenanigans on anything or anyone, and he did it with eloquence and intelligence.

"All the Light We Cannot See" byAnthony Doerr

And I'm about 40 pages from the end of "All the Light We Cannot See," a National Book Award finalist from novelist Anthony Doerr. The theme of sight-real, imagined, impaired-is amplified through Doerr's masterful writing of the senses. He not only drops the reader into the heart of occupied France during World War II, he lends you sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch while you're there.

Carrot Top in Exile inEsquire

Esquire's cover line for "Carrot Top in Exile," a profile of the comedian by Chris Jones, advises readers to grab some tissues for the read. I wasn't moved to tears of pity, sadness or joy, but I couldn't put down the story, either. Remember Carrot Top, like, 15 years ago? He seemed known then, and he seems like such an enigma now. The story might do little to solve that puzzle.

-Kristen Schmidt

theSkimm e-newsletter

We're all guilty of bogging down our inboxes with newsletters we never actually read, but I take a few minutes to read this one every weekday morning. The creators of theSkimm round up the biggest national and international news stories and sum them up in an easily digestible, fun format, including links so you can read more about topics that interest you.

-Emily Thompson

Meet the Unlikely Airbnb Hosts of Japan inThe New York Times Magazine

Thirty million people have booked a stay through Airbnb since the company launched, The New York Times Magazine reports. (2014 alone saw 20 million bookings.) Cities across the U.S. seem to have welcomed the community-driven travel trend, as have Australian towns. But one place that really hasn't? Tokyo. With the city readying to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, Airbnb is researching why this major metropolis has been slow to embrace it.

-Taylor Starek