"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the musician who plays it is 80 percent."
— Miles Davis
I recently went to an art gallery in NYC and ran across artwork by @kathrynmac. She brings a fresh approach, using layers and colors really well...check her out!
Sky Walker, by Miguel (Spotify)
How This One Font Took Over the World: One of my favorite topics to read about is fonts (ha really!), and I enjoyed this article on the font named Gotham.
In Praise of Mediocrity: Can you do something just because you enjoy it, and not feel the need to be excellent at it?
Faith, Friendship, and Tragedy at Sante Fe High: A long, but thoughtful essay on a friendship between a Muslim exchange student and a Christian girl.
How 'The Karate Kid' Ruined the Modern World: We all expect everything in life to be easier than it is, and then grow angry when it isn't.
"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child."
At the Heart, by The National Parks (listen on Spotify)
Be the Change You Want to See: It's so easy to complain about problems and blame everyone else, yet so difficult to make changes in the life of the only person you can control: yourself.
What It Means to Worship a Man Crucified as a Criminal: a thought-provoking essay on the craziness of the cross. It really is a mind-blowing idea.
The Instagram Aesthetic is Over: How the post-Millennial generation is rejecting the current Instagram look. This was a fascinating look into the next wave of trends on Instagram.
How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love: While I think both of these themes can be a little overplayed, this is a helpful collection of career thoughts.
"What I mean when I say you are special, is that ultimately, you don't have to do anything sensational for people to love you."
— Mister Rogers
This youtube video was really helpful in understanding what happened with the two Boeing 737 Max crashes.
Somebody, by Sigala (Spotify)
The Moral Peril of Meritocracy: David Brooks writes about how we go from individualistic, success-driven lives, to others-oriented, meaning-driven lives.
Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work? A great read on the rise of hustle culture and the damaging effects of the millennial work ideal.
The Curious Case of the Disappearing Nuts: Interesting read about tons and tons of nuts being stolen from California. I never knew!
How to Market Yourself Without Marketing Yourself: helpful principles to think through.
Pronoun is some off-the-wall solo artist I found on Spotify, but I love this lead song of hers. I've been listening to it on repeat for a couple of months and still haven't gotten tired of it. Listen on Spotify
Strange Planet, this clever Instagram account is blowing up...and for good reason!
"If I ran a school, I'd give the average grades to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I'd give the top grades to those who made a lot of mistakes and told me about them, and then told me what they learned from them."
— Buckminster Fuller
Our Culture of Contempt: why the problem in America isn't incivility or intolerance, but something worse.
Before this essay, I'd never thought about where the concept of a "normal person" came from.
Who Killed the Weekend?: an interesting piece on how and why so many people so misuse their weekends.
The Modern Creator's Paradigm: a longer read on the lowering of creative standards and the rise of "premium mediocre" products.
If you have a wandering heart, you should read My Side of the Mountain, a short book about a young boy who runs away from home in NYC and lives in the mountains for a year. Spoiler alert: he's quite resourceful! I read this when I was seven, so it's been a delight to re-read it as an adult!
This reminds me about one of my favorite essays on work: how to do what you love.
This video of a PGA golfer playing alongside a girl with special needs made my heart melt.
What it's like to be too big in America. This essay gave some incredible insight into one man's journey with his weight.
“Going slowly does not prevent you from arriving.”
— African Proverb
When Dick Proenneke was 51, he left his job and moved to the Alaskan wilderness, living there for the next thirty years! He filmed his life (the original vlogger!) and eventually it was turned into a documentary. I came across a snippet of it on YouTube, and it’s fascinating. Dick builds an entire log cabin by hand!
"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there."
— John Wooden
My favorite song off Maggie Rogers’ new album. (Spotify)
I'm not a twitter user, but a helpful perspective about journalism today.
A fascinating (albeit long) New Yorker piece on research methods of one of my favorite biographers used while writing about LBJ.
Why your first thought is never your best thought.
An interesting chart showing the evolution of our alphabet (bonus points if you can use proto-sinaitic in a sentence this week!).
"Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. Hope without critical thinking is naivete."
— Maria Popova
this fun insta about cheese plates…my cheese plate knowledge is rapidly expanding!
If you struggle with getting spread too thin, you should read this essay about taking a "depth year."
I loved this, and have read it three times in the last month. The Complete and Logical Guide to Winning at Your Own Life in 19 Super Difficult Steps.
I'm always trying to understand consumerism, lest I be sucked in (more than I already am). This essay about Amazon was enlightening, yet also approachable.
Pure electro-pop bliss. (Spotify)
Interesting life lessons from a woman's 30th college reunion.
A fascinating essay on chance events and how the Mona Lisa become famous.
I always wondered where ranch dressing came from!
The most creative new business I've read about recently.
Pixar's heartfelt short about an Asian mom was a great example of storytelling
"No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying."
— Tony Robbins
This is my favorite Christmas song ever. It has it all, meaningful lyrics, great harmonies, and David Bowie, probably the coolest person who has ever lived!
"I think everyone should get rich and famous and do everything they have ever dreamed of, so that they can see that it's not the answer.”
— Jim Carrey
I struggle with imperfections, and often getting mad at myself if I make a mistake. In light of that, this article on perfectionism helped me better understand myself and how perfectionism hurts me. I always need the reminder that done is better than perfect!
Speaking of other reminders I need to hear, this NYTimes piece, "You'll Never Be Famous -- And That's OK" brought a healthy amount of ego-deflating to my life.
And lastly, 14 rules for online sanity.
"Tell me who you spend time with and I will tell you who you are."
— Johann von Goethe
I love a well-constructed song, and one of my favorite types is when the song builds in momentum from each verse and chorus, before exploding in the bridge. Many bridges kill time, but this song, Mirrors, by IDER, has an awesome build/bridge.
I read this fascinating article about the constant pressure to the gig economy puts on us to always be selling ourselves. The author brings a fresh perspective, showing how so many of us are looking for self-actualization from our work.
Also, this article about loneliness was thought-provoking. Being in me hometown caused me to reflect, am I contributing to building community here in New York City?
A friend told me about a blog named Farnam Street, and I found this articleabout the difference between an amateur and a professional really helpful.
"Those who keep learning, will keep rising in life."
— Charlie Munger
this was fascinating…all kinds of technology and innovation in one aluminum can!
"It takes courage to show up and be who you really are."
— ee cummings