I’m starting a newsletter “PL Papers You Might Love.” It’s an attempt to share my thoughts on PL and PL-adjacent research papers that I find interesting/valuable/exciting/<insert positive adjective> in some way.
This is my first time writing a newsletter; I don’t have everything figured out yet. I’ve tried to frame my current thinking in a Q&A format below. If you’d like to provide feedback on any of these points (or something not covered here), feel free to send me an email or DM me on Twitter.
A: Probably about 1 entry every 2-4 weeks. It will likely vary on the length of the paper, my familiarity with the topic and the level of detail at which I want to cover the paper.
A: Broadly speaking, I’m interested in covering papers which check one or more of the following boxes:
So there’s definitely going to be some “bias” in what papers are selected. However, I think this “bias” is somewhat necessary so that I can meaningfully contribute some perspective of my own.
One thing I’m not sure about: should I cover papers (co-)authored by people who I know have hurt others by being anywhere between an asshole to highly vitriolic? In some cases, there is public documentation, in others, there isn’t. I have some thoughts for and against, but I don’t have a “right answer” here. I’m open to discussing this 1:1, see contact links at the beginning.
I’m not explicitly looking for suggestions on which papers to cover – I already have a bunch of ideas – but I’m open to them. I may or may not feature suggested papers. If I don’t, I’ll try to at least give you an explanation.
The newsletter will be available for free.
If I can consistently write for 3 months, I may add a pay-what-you-want option. The funds will be used to cover any creation-related expenses paid out to third parties, such as hosting fees (but not bubble tea). If there is anything left over, that will be donated to a charity (exact details TBD; I will share them if/when we get to that stage).
I’m not considering working on any video-based format, recorded or streaming. This is for a few reasons:
I am somewhat interested in trying out a format where I combine discussion of the paper with an interview of the author(s), for specific papers. However, if I end up pursuing that, I still think text would be a better format than video.
If you’ve made it this far, I’m assuming you’re at least somewhat interested in subscribing. So here is a sneak peek at the first 3 papers I intend to cover:
That’s all I have to share for now. If you subscribe below, you should get the first entry in your mailbox some time within the next 2 weeks!