New Yorker: “The Artist’s Way” in an Age of Self-Promotion.
“Affixing the word “creative” to something is the quickest way to make it sound virtuous, and creativity has almost become a moral imperative. And yet today the “creative class” no longer calls to mind a generation of struggling artists, but a group of college graduates with soft skills and Internet-based jobs they have difficulty explaining to their parents.”
xoJane: ‘I Am Becky With the Good Hair’.
Hell of a good article. She almost single-handedly overpowers the original material.
MeFi: The history of my stupidity would fill many volumes.
The thing is, not to avoid mistakes, but to make better mistakes. Iterate more efficiently.
PS Mag: Meditation Keeps Your Brain Young.
Perhaps. The research referenced is not as rock-solid guaranteed as this article makes it out to be.
c|net: Women have a ‘bitch-switch,’ says telecom CEO.
And we men don’t have a ‘bastard button’?
PS Mag: Constraints Can Be a Catalyst for Creativity.
Ask any photographer. Butofcourse, silly. Give me one fixed focal length lens, and tell me to go get great shots. I never do as well creatively with a zoom as I do with a single prime. I’ll get more usable photos with the zoom. But I’ll get more aesthetically pleasing stuff with the primes.
Discover Mag: Does Evidence Support the Artistic vs. Scientific Mind Stereotype?
NY Times: How to Explain Mansplaining.
Dear God, this is filled with things I’ve never experienced. Perhaps it is regional. My maternal line is from the South. I grew up around women who would talk the brass off doorknobs. “You’ve heard this story before? Well, it’s a good story and you’ll sit and hear it again.” Two of my relatives, bless them, could talk about two different subjects at the same time - and ANSWER COHERENTLY. You won’t believe me, but I swear it’s true. The matriarchal nature of my Cherokee-light background guaranteed that when a woman said jump, I’d ask how high and what I should be wearing.
No, this is decidedly *not* my experience. I find men do it, women do it, everyone does it. It’s a communication style that’s been encouraged ... perhaps by blogs and social media, now that I think about it. ‘All opinion is important.’ I find everyone loves to talk, and talk at length. Everyone.
dyt: Designer Turns Ridiculous Sketches Of Bicycles Into Realistic Designs.
What gets me is that adults can’t draw an accurate bike. Are our 24/7 digital lives so compelling, we can’t see reality?
DiscoverMag: Life After Almost-Death.
Makes one wonder if this isn’t a pre-coded routine in the brain for death preparation. Easing the transition.
The Atlantic: How ‘Concept Creep’ Made Americans So Sensitive to Harm.
“Pathologizing normal experience.” Oh boy, this is the READ OF THE WEEK. Long, but mark out some time to take it all in.
BBC Sport: Bernie Ecclestone - Women drivers in F1 would not be taken seriously.
Idiot. Only until the current fossils go extinct.
In These Times: Hillary Clinton and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations.
“Taking the path of least resistance isn’t a crime. No one expects more from Clinton than the caution and incrementalism that she promises. And it’s certainly true that if she wins the nomination and the election, she will be a better president than most of the alternatives. And yet there is a vacuum in our politics waiting to be filled. There is a longing to rip up the script we’ve been using for so long, the one that everyone—Republicans and Democrats alike—knows isn’t relevant and isn’t serving us.”
Dazed: Questioning the chaos of calling out cultural appropriation.
“Dreadlocks were worn by holy men of the Hindu religion, replicating the hair of the Indian god Shiva. Ethiopians, Kenyans, ancient Greeks and ancient Egyptians wore dreadlocks for various reasons. Celts were said to have ‘hair like snakes’. So when we talk about dreadlocks belonging to black culture, that is something of an overstatement.”
The Atlantic: Is Grit Overrated?
“Grit may be essential. But it is not attractive.” Ouch. One of my teen nicknames was ‘Grit.’ Personally, in the wider world, I find grit to be missing just when it would be most useful.
Vox: My mother died of Alzheimer’s when she was 53. I don’t know if I’m next.
Heartfelt. Too many people are caregiving parents alone in America. The toll is devastating. If I start to go, give me a suicide option before I lose the will.
Seth’s Blog: I am not a brand.
“You have choices. You have the ability to change your mind. You can tell the truth, see others for who they are and choose to make a difference. Selling yourself as a brand sells you too cheap.” Short and oh so sweet.
NPR: You Can Go Home Again - The Transformative Joy Of Rereading.
“Returning to a book you’ve read multiple times can feel like drinks with an old friend. There’s a welcome familiarity — but also sometimes a slight suspicion that time has changed you both, and thus the relationship. But books don’t change, people do. And that’s what makes the act of rereading so rich and transformative.” Yes, yes, yes.
NPR: Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains.
“... you had the expectation that their brain - because their body looks like an adult - that their brain should also be structurally like an adult. Well, it’s far from the truth.” Even the medical community was slow to realize children are not small adults - you cannot medicate them by difference in weight or size. Now, when it should already be obvious, we find out teens are just as different. Earns another “Duh.” Second one in a week.
The New Yorker: When Men Wanted to Be Virile.
... the defining quality of virilitas was self-control. Virilitas was an ethic of moderation, in which strong or “vigorous” powers were kept deliberately reined in, in the manner of a standing army. If a man became too aggressive, too emotional, or too brawny—too manly—his virilitas could be lost.
LRB: Nick Richardson · Short Cuts.
On emoji. Good read.
Guardian.UK: Holograms and holistic health: what will music festivals of the future look like?
Nah. Never liked crowds. My urban friends in NYC thought an empty bar was a waste; they preferred the Japanese-subway variety. Give me an empty wilderness.
Aeon: How clever is it to dismiss IQ tests?
There are good critiques over IQ. See the “Criticism” section of the Wikipedia entry. I suppose it’s the racial disparities in score that make me doubt. Black babies pick up so much faster than white ones - they make eye contact sooner, smile sooner. Smart, happy little kids. I’ve mentioned this before - If IQ is worthy and useful, then there’s something terrible - heinous - going on with black children.
National Geographic: Isaac Newton’s Lost Alchemy Recipe Rediscovered.
“Newton’s 1855 biographer questioned “how a mind of such power” could take seriously “the obvious production of a fool and a knave.” And the sophick mercury recipe is only now resurfacing in part because Cambridge University, Newton’s alma mater, turned down the opportunity to archive his alchemy recipes in 1888.” Talk about the aforementioned ‘complex individuals’. Newton was the penultimate.