In the media



Honourable mentions

Rob Walker's The Art of Noticing

"McKinley is an interesting thinker who spots interesting facts and occurrences, and says interesting things about them."

"The Whippet is eclectic and personal in a way that kind of reminds me of the glory days of blogging — a delightful cabinet of curiosities."

TAoN No. 79: Looking Out, and Looking In


Mark Frauenfelder's The Magnet

"McKinley Valentine’s newsletter of “science, history, weirdness and 0% contemporary politics” was an inspiration for The Magnet. I never know what I’m going to get in an issue of The Whippet, but I know it’s going to be good because Valentine is an excellent writer and curator."

The Magnet 042: My 10 Favorite Newsletters


Angus Hervey, Future Crunch

"High quality esoterica, quirky inner musings, and one of the best advice columns on the internet. McKinley always digs up interesting content I can’t find anywhere else."

The Future Crunch 2020 Information Diet


Inside Hook's The 80 Best Single-Operator Newsletters on the Internet

"I love how McKinley’s curiosity about mundane, everyday things always makes me learn something useful and fun that I can use in conversation with friends."

The 80 Best Single-Operator Newsletters on the Internet
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Podcast appearances

Cool Tools with Kevin Kelly & Mark Frauenfelder

Podcast: Cool Tools with Kevin Kelly and Mark Frauenfelder

Four of my favourite tools for getting things done, staying connected to the world of books, and evidence-based skincare.

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The First Time with Angus Hervey of Future Crunch

The First Time: In conversation with Angus Hervey of Future Crunch

Two of the internet's favourite newsletter-writers geek out about craft. Includes a tonne of advice for starting your own newsletter, and recommendations for some of our favourites.

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Darebin Fuse Festival with Katherine Collette

Interviewed by writer Katherine Collette for Darebin FUSE Festival

We chat about newsletters as a medium, writing as a companion, and tips for starting your own newsletter.

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