penpals in strange places
Walking to my hotel from a business meeting in Seattle a couple of months ago, I found myself approaching a smiley, bearded fellow holding the clipboard that says, “I want your money, but it’s for social good!” As a New Yorker, my ability to return the smile and shake my head without slowing down is unparalled; I was shocked when he managed to actually flag me down. Fifteen...
thoughts on music, by my friend matt.
“dude, music is amazing shit. 6 keyboard notes conjure up emotions that otherwise would not exist in this moment. that’s magic!!! it’s just sound! and it makes you feel stuff! there is no explanation for that shit! we are wired for sound.and respond to vibrations just for the heck of it. neato. hurrah, i am glad i was reincarnated as a human!”
First: Not only do I know two people named Dorothy, which is a rarity in our age bracket, but their last names both begin with H and they both checked in from JFK on Foursquare on Friday. For serious! Second: Not only do I know two Anna B’s, but I hung out with them on back-to-back occasions this weekend and was reminded of how they are stunning exemplars of why everyone I know is the...
NEW BAYSIDE SONG →
I try not to mix up my professional life with what happens on Tumblr, but I believe you should tell someone when you like them and I like the new Bayside song as more than just friends. You know?
A hot toddy. Other things we love: that it’s far easier to find whiskey in this...– Newsweek: You Know What We Love at 544pm on a Thursday? So this is why I follow Newsweek on Tumblr.
on the digitization of books.
The last month saw me take a number of baths. I’ve never been a “bath person” the same way I’ve never been a “cat person”: I cannot say I have anything particularly against them in practice, and everything about them makes sense to me conceptually, but I personally don’t want much to do with them. Give me a cold beer in a hot shower and a dog to go for a...
It happens to many of us - or at least, I tell myself that it does, so as not to think myself as somehow weaker - at this time of year. The temperature drops, work picks up, vacations wear off, and all of a sudden we’re sniffling. I prepare for these moments like a soldier of war, and I can usually tell when Emergen-C will help me pull through or I need to pull out the heavy artillery known...
on the value of augmented productivity
I spend a lot of time considering the whys of my actions and, more often, my inactions. I sat down yesterday at Think Coffee for my monthly writing date / lesson in accountability, and I thought back through the previous month in order to figure out exactly why I hadn’t written a word since the last date. These things inevitably happen, and I find them embarrassing. Still, I’ve...