My favorite finds from around the web:
• Why I wear the exact same thing to work every day. “The simple choice of wearing a work uniform has saved me countless wasted hours thinking, “what the hell am I going to wear today?” And in fact, these black trousers and white blouses have become an important daily reminder that frankly, I’m in control.” (It probably reminds you of simplicity, productivity, and the personal uniform.)
• Can we guess your age based on your taste in books? (No. But maybe because I never read the scary stuff?)
• The neurological pleasures of fast fashion. “If seeing items you want and getting a bargain both elicit waves of shopping joy, you couldn’t engineer a more pleasurable consumer culture than the modern, globalized West.”
• Twelve classic novels as summarized by someone who has not read them. “What a nice day it had been, here in the jungle.” – The Jungle
What’s on my nightstand:
• Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith. I picked up this brand-new release before I went to hear the author speak on the first stop of his American book tour last night. (Very fun, more to follow.)
• Listening to: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
On the blog:
• When your perspective changes in an instant. “For most of us, it takes something dramatic—a diagnosis, a near-miss, a death—to jolt us back into the present.”
• 5 books with thought-provoking structures. “These 5 books are (in my opinion) genuinely good to start with, but their interesting narrative structures elevate them to something special.”
• Books move in mysterious ways. “I believe that books find their way to you when you need them, and this book was clearly determined to find me.”
Have a great weekend!