Newsletter: Productivity is dangerous

Happy Holidays! Below are some links and recent discoveries I think you’ll find interesting. Check out Black Thought’s 10-minute freestyle after the jump.

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‘A Maid Asleep’ by Johannes Vermeer (1656) via The Met

Are You Using Social Media or Being Used By It? Facebook doesn’t care about your well-being. All it cares about is sustaining dopamine hits so it can keep you gambling on your attention. I think 2018 is the year social media platforms come clean on their role as sugar water. Writes Cal Newport: “What they need is compulsive use, which is what happens when you launch the app on your phone with some important goal in mind, and then thirty minutes later look up and realize you’ve been snagged into an addictive streak of low-value tapping, liking, and swiping.”

Productivity is Dangerous: You know who else was productive? Don’t substitute busyness for productivity; excessive doing as part of “the cult of action” is not a badge of honor. Don’t be afraid to sleep in. Writes Vincent Bevins: “If instead they had spent a few years lying around, reading, drinking, listening to music, just generally fucking about, the world would have been a lot better off.”

Banksy goes to Bethlehem. Banksy opened up The Walled Off Hotel earlier this year along the wall of the occupied West Bank with the “with the worst view in the world.” More recently, he teamed up with producer Danny Boyl to put together a film called ‘The Alternativity’ which features local children and their families singing Christmas carols ‘Jingle Bells‘ and ‘Silent Night’ in Arabic and English.

Book I’m reading

On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. “Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life. I take a book with me everywhere I go, and find there are all sorts of opportunities to dip in. The trick is to teach yourself to read in small sips as well as in long swallows.”


Video I’m watching

Meet Piper, The Aviation Bird Dog

Thought of the week

“You can plan events, but if they go according to your plan they are not events. ”

John Berger

New track on loop

Black Thought Freestyle on Hot 97 (2017)

Digging in the crates

Mount Kimbie – Made to Stray (2013)

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!
Wells Baum (@bombtune)

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