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Chess Board Prodigy (Wait, Maybe Not) And “Broad City” Fan Michelle Markowitz

The best things on the Internet this week, curated by Fast Company employees.

Chess Board Prodigy (Wait, Maybe Not) And “Broad City” Fan Michelle Markowitz
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Name: Michelle Markowitz
Role at Fast Company: Producer; I work with the video team on making comedy videos and social media, and with the editorial team on promoting their pieces.
Twitter: @michmarkowitz
Titillating Fact: I was amazing at chess when I was a kid. I was actually something of a prodigy, and the #1 player in the world and then later exiled from the United States. Oh wait, that was Bobby Fischer, not me. Sorry, always get us confused.

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Things she’s loving:

1. Reading interviews with Abbi & Ilana. Broad City is one of my favorite shows right now, and I love that it makes you feel actually happy while you’re watching it. It’s really exciting when people who work hard and are so talented and tenacious get recognized in a big way. Anyway, I’m a fan.

2. This piece on Monica Lewinsky. I spent roughly 90% of my high school years trying to download the Starr report on dial-up before my mom would pick up the phone. I’ve been rooting for Monica for a long time, and really like how she is trying to use what happened to her to help people now. That part about considering herself a feminist with a lowercase “f” made me make this face while reading it, but it’s all good.

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3. I really liked Melissa Dahl’s piece on how to be a person that is on time. I personally am never late and never send texts like “Be there soon!! Sorry!!” with a string of emojis depending on our relationship. I really like the idea of being a time pessimist instead of a time optimist, and am looking forward to implementing all of these tips right away. Or 10 minutes after that.