Happy April, all! I was tempted to serve you up some snarky links for April Fool’s Day, but resisted the urge. These are truly the best things I read on the internet this week.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• America’s unhealthy obsession with productivity is driving its biggest new reading trend. If you guessed it’s audiobooks, you’re absolutely right. “We are fearful of mono-tasking, find downtime distasteful, and feel anxious around idleness. Even when picking socks from a drawer, young workers feel better if information’s somehow flowing into their brains. And this is exactly the restless market that book publishers need.”
• 8 things whole-hearted creative women do differently. “As I watch, listen, and create, I see a stark difference between the creative women who create from a place of wholeness and those who create from fear.”
• In praise of the book tower. On clutter, collecting, and the infinite stack. (Don’t miss the book tower photos in the house tour she references!)
This one from Letterfolk. (This is one of those new slideshow ones—make sure you tap to see all the photos.) Grab the Kleenex first. (Worth it.)
On the blog:
One year ago: When you completely misunderstand what’s going on. This is hard to describe in a nutshell. Here’s my attempt: “Since the fall, we’ve been trying to figure out what lay at the root of Lucy’s objection to fourth grade. We wondered if she was uncomfortable growing up, getting another year older. Some kids are like that. Or if she didn’t want to write a certain essay, or read a certain book…. But that’s not what’s going on at all. She has synesthesia, or at least gives a darn good impression of having it.”
Two years ago: Favorite childhood books you should totally read again.
Three years ago: What’s (always) for dinner? “I’m intrigued by learning what my friend’s families eat for dinner–say, on a regular Tuesday–probably for the same reasons I adore foodie memoirs…. We definitely have staple meals we rely on: food we can get on the table without much hands-on time, without much thought, and without a recipe.”
Four years ago: “Unused creativity isn’t benign. It metastasizes.” Good stuff from Brené Brown.
Have a great weekend!