Each week I curate some of my favorite articles about art, life, psychology, and technology across the web. I like to collect a few new tunes too, after the jump.
‘The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013’. Writing is just painting with words. Teju Cole describes how Walcott’s fascination with paint seeped into his poems, seemingly connecting everything that appeared to be disparate.
Walcott has few equals in the use of metaphor. In his imagination, each thing seems to be linked to another by a special bond, unapparent until he points it out, permanently fresh once he does.
The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking. Positive thinking backlashes she’s when things don’t live up to expectations. Some suggest a neutral approach to improvement. The reality is that you can’t be neither too hard nor too soft on outlook. You need to be both practical and imaginary at the right times, to balance where you go next.
There’s nothing wrong with getting lost in fantasy, as long as you aren’t ultimately hoping to indulge in the real thing.
The Case for Blunders by Freeman Dyson. All believing is betting. Theories are experiments with the expectation of failure and the rarity of proven success. Most of everything is still a work in progress, even the fabric of democracy. We’re always testing, reconfirming, and editing on top of existing and prevalent beliefs. It’s ok to be wrong if it means discovering a better answer.
“We can’t live in a state of perpetual doubt, so we make up the best story possible and we live as if the story were true.” A theory that began as a wild guess ends as a firm belief. Humans need beliefs in order to live, and great scientists are no exception. Great scientists produce right theories and wrong theories, and believe in them with equal conviction.
Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity. Mindfulness is the practice of observation and perspective. It’s about being present and being open to new opportunities at the same time. Mindful people are ok with mistakes. On the whole. mindfulness is an instrument for coping with apparent stresses of daily life.
Remember, too, that stress is not a function of events; it’s a function of the view you take of events
Why 18th century books looked like smartphone screens. I jettisoned the kindle and physical books to read on a small iPhone screen which I can take with me and read wherever I want. For me, the small screen induces focus and makes me feel like I read through the pages quicker. This preferred reading style apparently isn’t so different than the small page format in the 18th century.
it was common to print essays in this pretty little style, because it had great ergonomics: It made for easy one-handed reading and portability.
10 Ways To Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered. Author Austin Kleon shares some insight from his new book, Show Your Work. My favorite tip is about selling out, not necessarily to make more money but to boldly do the things that’ll make your work bigger, reach a broader audience.
the best sign you can put up is SOLD OUT.” – Bill Withers
Michael Cina Interview. Michael Cina is a highly respected artist and designer. What may be more impressive than his talent though is his work ethic. Cina never takes it easy, embracing new challenges as the only way to grow. His ambition is clear, all the more reason he just keeps experimenting and pushing things forward.
You have to take risks in order to move forward—I feel very passionate about that. I always say that if you feel uncomfortable, then you know you’re doing something right. I’ve recently had a new vision for where I want to go, and I’m going for it. If you don’t have a solid vision for where you want to go, you’re just going to meander around without doing the kind of work you really want to do.
‘VHS vs. Communism’
Chef Designs Meal Inspired by Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’
Tchaikovsky on Work Ethic vs. Inspiration
Why You Shouldn’t Drink Coffee In The Morning
Plus, I added some new tracks to the Best of 2014 ongoing playlist.
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