Below are 7 articles that got me thinking differently about the world this week. Enjoy.
Margalit Fox writes obituaries for the New York Times. Instead of writing with melancholy her objective is to celebrate the life of the recently desist. Obituaries are the “jolliest department in the paper.”
+ Side note: Write your own obituary. It’s a good way to get your shit straight.
Leave Me a Message at the Beep
If you’re like me, you get a little irritated when someone leaves you a voicemail. Why don’t they just send you a text or an email instead? But Leslie Horn is making me reconsider. She explains why she keeps certain voicemails and even shares them on SoundCloud.
We pass by pieces of art like they’re books at the library. But “you can’t really see a painting as you’re walking by it.” This article suggests that we slow down and spend upwards of 30 minutes in front of painting. 30 minutes is 3 hours in the Instagram era.
If you’re going to self-talk, do it in the third-person to gain some extra perspective. Using “I” is way too critical. Amazing how a little shift in focus can make you feel more positive.
+ Brainpickings: Frustrated? Be like water. Water is the embodiment of letting go and being one with the power of nature. Bruce Lee discovered this detachment by merely punching water, which didn’t fight back. Echoing Lao Tzu, “what is soft is strong.”
Iggy Pop breaks down the current music industry, railing the birth of piracy against his quest to make music for free: “So we are exchanging the corporate rip off for the public one. Aided by power nerds. Kind of computer Putins.” This in turn forces musicians to jack up ticket prices, which is unfair to fans. The conundrum between art, the Internet, and commerce goes on.
Walking and Talking
““The Queen of England once said, ‘There’s nothing that can’t be figured out on a good walk.’”” This walking and talking couple came up with the idea of Bluemercury on one of their nightly walks. Apparently walking every night is date night, a chance to catch up and let go of steam. And maybe even talk some business.
The City That Never Sleeps
“Find your beach in the middle of the city. Find your beach no matter what else is happening.” Zadie Smith explains why New Yorkers are obsessed with finding solitary happiness in a sea (city) of limitless opportunity and people. Maybe a little constriction of the countryside isn’t too bad after all.
+ My Blog Posts
- On the paradox of cut and paste
- On Passion
- On Observation
- On Competition
- On being a generalist
- On writing