My favorite finds from around the web:
• Marie Kondo and the ruthless War on Stuff. “When it comes to stuff, we are all the same. Once we’ve divided all the drawers and eliminated that which does not bring us joy and categorized ourselves within an inch of our lives, we’ll find that the person lying beneath all the stuff was still just plain old us. We are all a mess, even when we’re done tidying. At least Kondo knows it.”
• Why I eat the same thing for lunch every day. “I do the same thing with my clothes: classics, white shirts, T-shirts, jeans. All winter long I wear almost the same thing. I don’t have to think about it; it’s just, “this is what I eat and this is what I wear,” and then it gives me the freedom to do other things. It’s one less decision a day to make.”
• Hamilton is fanfic, and its historical critics are totally missing the point. “Like countless fanfic writers before him, Miranda clearly loves his canon, but he expresses that love by tearing the canon to pieces. Like countless fanfic writers before him, he remains as close to the letter of authenticity as possible while also completely deconstructing the worldview he’s been given.”
• Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2016 Book Preview. 2016 has been a great year for books so far. Here’s a peek at the big releases between now and New Year’s.
His and hers.☕️☕️🌺 _____ Me: if I was at home I'd snap off some flowers for my pic. Will: Yeah, the city probably wouldn't like that. Me: Oh, there are flower buds on the sidewalk! Will: Do you want me to pick up petals off the dirty sidewalk for you? Me: Nah, I'll do it myself. #backstory #coffeegeek #intelligentsia
It’s the backstory on this tale of two Chicago coffees I really like. (Follow me on instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
One year ago: What self-care looks like for me right now. “These days, I try to take good care of myself. I used to think self care was silly and indulgent; now I view it as something vital—essential to my health and my sanity.”
Two years ago: Un-put-down-able. “Every once in a while, I pick up a book that’s so compelling I just can’t put it down until I reach the last page…”
Three years ago: 35 things I’ve learned in my 35 years. A birthday reflection.
Four years ago: You don’t want to go there. “But there’s a tension with shying away from a whole category. While it might be wise to stay away from stuff that upsets me, it’s worthwhile to pay attention to those very things. What makes me weep, what makes my heart race? There’s meaning there.”
Five years ago: Pssst! A secret about secrets. “Secrets create tension in your brain, but your brain doesn’t like the tension that secrets create.”
Have a great weekend!