My favorite finds from around the web:
• The end of reflection. “If you are awake for 16 hours, turning on or checking your phone 85 times means doing so about once every 11 minutes (and doesn’t account for internet use on a computer), and 5.05 hours is over 30 percent of the day. What might be the effect on reflection of this compulsive behavior?”
• On Max Perkins, one of America’s greatest editors. “Maxwell Evarts Perkins was unknown to the general public, but to people in the world of books he was a major figure, a kind of hero. For he was the consummate editor. As a young man he had discovered great new talents—such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe—and had staked his career on them, defying the established tastes of the earlier generation and revolutionizing American literature.”
• How busy people make time to read—and you can, too. “Even the busiest people have leisure time. The difference between readers and non-readers is that readers make a habit of picking up a book during these fallow hours.”
• Fringe benefits. “I’ve thought about growing out my bangs,” a friend once said to me. “But how will people know I’m interesting?” (Sharing because I think about growing out mine every summer when the thermostat climbs above 90°…)
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On the blog:
One year ago: How are you doing TODAY? “When someone puts the question to me—How are you?—my instinct is to get philosophical, to step back and reflect on the big picture, how whatever is rocking my world fits into the grand scheme of things. There’s a time and place for this, of course: it’s healthy to get some perspective, sometimes. But too often how are you? is an invitation to put on a brave face, to turn to platitudes.”
Two years ago: Everything you need to know about a person. “People tell boring lies about politics, God, and love. You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to [this] question.”
Three years ago: 13 things I’ve learned in 13 years of marriage.
Four years ago: Books I’m afraid to recommend. “There are some books I’ve loved that I wouldn’t dream of recommending to you without a gigantic flashing warning sign.”
Have a great weekend!