When people start talking about ‘curating’ in the sense of something that happens outside of museums I think of Maria Popova. @brainpicker doesn’t necessarily post the newest stuff, or the newsiest. But whatever she tweets out is invariably absorbing and interesting, and worth five or 10 minutes I really don’t have. Some of the headlines are so good I have to physically stop myself clicking on them — Orson Welles on work-life balance! The Milky Way as a subway map! — so it’s entirely possible I need to unfollow now.
TIME’s TV and cultural critic, and yes, I work with him, so this one’s a bit of a ringer. But James Poniewozik is one of very few writers who’s consistently engaging and funny, at 140 characters or across a whole cover story, and always well worth a read. If you follow him, however, you really should tune in to NPR’s Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) and The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum), otherwise you’re only listening to one third of a very interesting conversation.
Who is @pourmecoffee? I have no idea, but I like to speculate. He (or she) is an angry, funny, left-leaning political humorist and is probably still waiting on that coffee. For actual political news and analysis, you should really follow @ezraklein (Hey! See below and follow @ezraklein!) but I’ve watched a seriously embarrassing number of GOP debates and late-night primary elections this year, and it’s always been nice to know @pourmecoffee is up doing the same thing.
@sai is one of the feeds that came preloaded when I opened my Twitter account a few years ago and it’s the only one I never deleted. Lots of good links and tech news from Silicon Valley and it makes me feel smarter, younger, and better-looking for having read it.
I probably could have put any one of Klein, Chuck Todd (@chucktodd), Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) or Ben Smith (@buzzfeedben) here, since they all seem to tweet more, and more usefully, than should be humanly possible — all while holding down some of the most important jobs in political journalism. But @ezraklein’s love of sharing interesting charts narrowly beats out Chuck Todd’s goatee for me, at least this week.