Newsletter: Take the stairs 👣

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Happy Friday! Below are some of the interesting reads in creativity, culture, and tech I recently discovered. Composer Kara-Lis Coverdale ‘Grafts’ is this tune of the week.

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1. 105-year-old Japanese doctor Shigeaki Hinohara shared his six tips for a healthy life before he passed away in July.

‘6 tips for a healthy life’ (in summary):

  1. Retire late (very late)
  2. Watch your weight
  3. Have fun
  4. Share what you know
  5. Don’t worry about material possessions
  6. Take the stairs

2. Perhaps one of the biggest issues of our time is the ability to stay focused in the age of distraction. NPR’s Hidden Brain interviews computer scientist Cal Newport on the value of deep work.

3. Can we improve our craft over time? The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai(1760-1849) seemed to think so. Read his story about the importance of persistence. 🌊

4. External reflection is what philosopher and sociologist Charles Horton Cooley called ‘The Looking Glass Self’ theory. “I imagine your mind, and especially what your mind thinks about my mind, and what your mind thinks about what my mind thinks about your mind.” Watch Jason Silva break it down.

5. I’m reading 1984 even though today’s politics and culture – the fusion of controlled democracy combined with screen culture — seem to be more like Brave New World. Writes Shadi Hamid: “we are now condemned to live in exciting times.”

Thought of the week

“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.” — Jerzy Gregorek

New track on loop

Kara-Lis Coverdale – Grafts

Digging in the crates

Calibre – Manchester Nights

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!

Wells Baum (@bombtune)


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