Pokémon, Journaling, and Public Speaking with the Dog

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Thanks to the Internet, it looks like the fashion industry is birthing as many designers as new Kindle authors and bedroom musicians. Great interview with Parisian fashion house head Olivier Theyskens on how the industry got saturated. Also, note the parallel between architecture and fashion: “Many fashion designers train as architects before they start.”

Public Speaking

It sucks. But mainly because we don’t do it enough. Instead of the mirror, Seth Godin recommends to start practicing public speaking with a dog.

“Start with dogs. I’m not kidding. If you don’t have one, go to the local animal shelter and take one for a walk. Give your speech to the dog. And then, if you can, to a few dogs.”

Japanese Electronics

America produces most of the world’s pop culture. It’s what political scientist Joseph Nye coined “soft power,” to explain how America uses Hollywood and McDonalds to spread its power around the world. But Japan is also a pop culture producer, not just the birthplace of emojis and Manga and sweet video games.

“Almost every childhood craze of the past 30 years has come from Japan: Transformers, Power Rangers, Tamagotchi, Pokémon and on and on and on”

Diurnal Journal

“Reflective people never stop becoming better people. People who never stop growing, learning, and discovering are people who never stop reflecting.”

Journaling is the practice of priming, setting the mindset for the day, but also a way to review the day’s events. Occasionally I’ll visit one of my notes in my Day One app and give gratitude. Whether it the note is good or bad, keep record.

Long on Blogging

The debate on the durability of blogging will go on forever. For every Andrew Sullivan that retires their blog, there’s another Grantland to pick up the pieces. Social media distracts from blog reading but there will always be an audience for longer form reading. “A blog can be a floor wax and a dessert topping, if you work at it.” Follow Medium’s success.

+ Dave Winer: “Blogs make journalism better.”

Home Sweet Home

“people hold the interior close precisely because of the memories that attach to it. To be at home is more than to merely eat, sleep and work somewhere – it is to inhabit the house.”

Home, the interior, is where the heart is. It’s where we store our secrets, memories, and feel free to do as we wish outside the public’s constraint.

Read Less

Thanks for subscribing to this newsletter but consuming articles without taking the time to ask questions and writing down your own synopsis isn’t going to help you retain what you read. Make it significant: Put it down in ink.

♫ Tracks of the Week

  1. Eaves – Hue
  2. Quaid – City Raw
  3. Karin Park & Pandora Drive – Hurricane (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
  4. Skepta Ft. Young Lord – It Ain’t Safe
  5. Hugh Hardie – Wide Eyes

Thought of the Week

“The artist should never try to be popular. The public should try to be more artistic.” – Oscar Wilde


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