Substack: five of the best from the niche newsletter platform | Culture | The Guardian
Writers have embraced Substack to cut out the middle man. The result is an eclectic library of anything and everything
A woman at a vast, futuristic library.
Substack has taken the best elements of its predecessors to create a home for writers craving control and readers who want their words straight from the horse’s mouth. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images
Sun 27 Dec 2020 16.30 GMT
Last modified on Mon 28 Dec 2020 00.21 GMT
Substack is best known as the newsletter platform that lured several well-known writers and journalists away from established news outlets this year.
Glenn Greenwald, Matthew Yglesias and Andrew Sullivan, formerly of the Intercept, Vox Media and New York Magazine respectively, have all jumped ship to sell their work directly to subscribers via the service.
Incorporating elements of Mailchimp and Patreon, Substack has variously been hailed as the future of the media industry, a home for writers who don’t want to be edited, and a place where those who have already made a name for themselves find success.
The site boasts more than 100,000 niche newsletters about every subject imaginable. Below is a small selection of some of the best, compiled from the recommendations of friends, colleagues, random tweets and my own sleuthing.