The Necessity of Boredom, Yuval Noah Harari

“If you want to understand the human mind, start with boredom. You can’t get anywhere interesting if you’re constantly running away from boredom. In many cases boredom is the first line of defense before you get to the interesting stuff.”More

The Scent of Time, Byung-Chul Han

Excerpt from The Paradox of the Present The internet space is a space without direction. It is woven from possible connections, or links, which do not fundamentally differ from each other. No direction or option has an absolute priority over the others. Ideally, a change of direction is possible at any time. There is no…More

The Perfect Speech

“Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. If I’ve ever seen a perfect speech—from the first word to last—that’s the one.” – Joel SchwartzbergMore

Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Gordon Livingston

our passage through life consists of an effort to get the maps in our heads to conform to the ground on which we walk.” “Much of our difficulty in developing and sustaining personal relationships resides in our failure to recognize, in ourselves as well as in others, those personality characteristics that make someone a poor…More

Religion for Atheists: Alain de Botton

“it must be possible to remain a committed atheist and nevertheless find religions sporadically useful, interesting and consoling – and be curious as to the possibilities of importing certain of their ideas and practices into the secular realm.” “we invented religions to serve two central needs which continue to this day and which secular society…More

Get to the Point!: Joel Schwartzberg

A point is a contention you can propose, argue, defend, illustrate, and prove. A point makes clear its value and its purpose. And to maximize impact, a point should be sold, not just shared or described. A surefire way to know if you have a real point—and successfully create one—is to apply a simple three-step…More