Ideas & Culture
"There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, 'Morning, boys. How’s the water?' And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks at the other and goes, 'What the hell is water?'" – David Foster Wallace 10 posts
The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Ideas & Culture
How we react to someone’s behaviour has a lot to do with the stories we tell ourselves. How can we tell better stories?
3 min read
Disney Retrospective: Mulan
Ideas & Culture
Introducing a new series: Disney Retrospective: "Some 20 years after the release of Disney's animated Mulan, my thoughts on the movie have changed."
8 min read
Learning from Used Books
Ideas & Culture
Used books, like the used and repair economies in general, call into question the value of production for production's sake.
3 min read
Music & Melancholy
Ideas & Culture
Music has a profound ability to shape our experience of the world. The physical space around us can be identical, but the music mediates our engagement with it. And the effect comes upon us even if we don’t expect it.
3 min read
Finding Myself in the Stacks
Ideas & Culture
The shaping power of my little library goes beyond the suggestion to bury myself in Dostoevsky. The library is my life history collected across volumes; these are the ideas and stories that have formed me.
3 min read
Buildings, Rooms, and Anton Ego
Ideas & Culture
When you’re largely stuck indoors, even the building next door becomes special. And I see how this house blocks the sun, how it abuts the little walkway between our buildings that makes me feel cramped and unwelcome. No wonder I rarely step through here.
3 min read
Another Dream for the Home Compost Heap
Ideas & Culture
There are days I think it would be easier if I wasn’t such a hopeful person. It wouldn’t hurt so much if I didn’t have such strong desires. If I could just be nonchalant about outcomes.
Love Takes Time
Ideas & Culture
Relationships are a natural and essential part of being human. Because they happen naturally, it's very easy to take relationships for granted. Our culture of busyness doesn't help.
3 min read
Weighing Our Troubles Rightly
Ideas & Culture
Jen Pollock Michel reflects on the need to right-size our suffering. To make a practice of seeing it clearly and proportionally. To regularly seek to understand stories that are different from our own.
Ideas & Culture
Ideas & Culture
Culture is the manifestation of a series of assumptions and beliefs. We might say these ideas comprise the cultural air, and we breathe it in every day. Just like air, we should care about the quality of the ideas we breathe.
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