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 16 posts
Practicing Presence Amid On-Demand Distraction
Ideas & Culture
When was the last time you did something and didn’t try to upgrade the task by layering another activity on top of it?
3 min read
Masks & The Mandalorian
Ideas & Culture
What was once a symbol of power, control, and fear, is now a reminder of this man’s powerlessness, his lack of control, and his fearfulness of death.
A Time for Poetry & Time for Poems
Ideas & Culture
I read the words, but I don't read the poems, not really.
4 min read
The Ordinary Pleasures of the Fine(r) Arts
Ideas & Culture
After pulling my brushes from their toolbox, I begin, as always, with a simple outline in pencil.
4 min read
Recovering Childlike Creativity
Ideas & Culture
Most people do four things that keep them from creating and making.
Love Coffee — but not like that
Ideas & Culture
Coffee does much more than get us through the day (or night), but it can't be rushed.
4 min read
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.
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
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