What I Read This Week: May 10, 2013

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This week: A whirling storm of disruption, upheaval, and then pleasure in doing something different. And also a ton of reading. Welcome, brave new work week! New feature alert—I’m bolding things I recommend.

  • friday’s confession: we’ve got it all wrong. by Tiffany Han, “It’s about now. Right now. Thisverymoment.”
  • What do people use to get stuff done? – Ann Friedman, “Though really, I make pie charts on just about anything. Backs of envelopes, cocktail napkins, receipts. I’m not particular about the pens I use. I do not draw the circles with a compass, I trace a round cardboard coaster. (Classy!)”
  • For the Women Who Dread Mother’s Day
  • You must remember this. A little bit about my mother and I, before we’re beyond recall. by Bronwyn Jones, “When the Alzheimer’s is looking the other way and she cracks open this shell she’s been trapped in and out pops something so funny or frustrating that I hear me in her. Not the other way around. It’s not about my being influenced by her when these things happen. It’s not about chronology, because that word loses its meaning when you lose your sense of time. It’s a circle. I am her. She is me. We are the same person, repeated, different because of our improvisations, but always reading from the same script.”
  • Power Steer By Michael Pollan, “Meat-eating may have become an act riddled with moral and ethical ambiguities, but eating a steak at the end of a short, primordial food chain comprising nothing more than ruminants and grass and light is something I’m happy to do and defend.”
  • 41 Signs You’re A Jaded San Franciscan
  • Do Nothing Nation by Francisco Dao, “But a full life requires the experience of living. Having others provide all of our needs, including our food, our clothes, even our potential mates without any effort of our own, makes us narrow. It strips us of our taste and of the experiences of a full life.”
  • Ryan Gosling won’t eat his cereal
  • Amanda Palmer: Proof That Social Media Is The Future Of Business
  • Cooked: A DIY Manifesto excerpt by Michael Pollan, “Specialization is undeniably a powerful social and economic force. And yet it is also debilitating. It breeds helplessness, dependence, and ignorance and, eventually, it undermines any sense of responsibility. …One problem with the division of labor in our complex economy is how it obscures the lines of connection, and therefore of responsibility, between our everyday acts and their real-world consequences.”
  • Adventures in Depression on Hyperbole and a Half, “And finally – finally – after a lifetime of feelings and anxiety and more feelings, I didn’t have any feelings left. I had spent my last feeling being disappointed that I couldn’t rent Jumanji.”
  • Depression Part 2 on Hyperbole and a Half, “Perhaps it was because I lacked the emotional depth necessary to panic, or maybe my predicament didn’t feel dramatic enough to make me suspicious, but I somehow managed to convince myself that everything was still under my control right up until I noticed myself wishing that nothing loved me so I wouldn’t feel obligated to keep existing.”
  • Watched: Taylor Moore Teaches How to ‘Sex Your Food’ in Instructional Videos
  • Watched: Reggie Watts disorients you in the most entertaining way on TED
  • Listened to: OVERHEARD: Steven Soderbergh’s State of Cinema address
  • Study: women undervalue themselves when working with men, “A study has shown that women repeatedly talk down their achievements and undervalue themselves when working in a successful group alongside men. Rather than take the due credit and recognition, the woman’s assumption is that kudos is due to the male team members.”
  • And Off Again by Heather Armstrong, “Sorry, mom. I’m a slovenly Democrat whose website is sponsored by a butt. You really fucked it up….”
  • Strategies for the period of time immediately following your departure from a large technology company. by Matt Brown, “And then there you are, sitting outside the castle. Sans security badge, network of friends and consistent routine. You’re gloriously and terrifyingly free.”
  • Looked at Jens Risoms’s Block Island Family Retreat on Dwell.com – LOVE.
  • Jenny Gray from Lisa Congdon’s blog, “I very quickly fell in love with her shapes, color combinations & layers. I love graphic elements, the way she plays with hard and soft, and the obscured references to architecture and landscape. And the colors? Did I mention the colors? If I were an abstract painter, this is the kind of painter I’d like to be.”
  • Lightning bolt panties, power-positions & promises kept — 30+ Confidence Vitamins to pump you UP! by Alexandra Franzen, “Here’s what I’ve learned about confidence, self-esteem & the art of liking yourself. At a certain point, you have to decide: “From this moment forward, I am choosing to believe that I’m PHENOMENALLY AWESOME. I will eat, sleep, write, speak, work, play & conduct my affairs accordingly.”
  • Watched: My God, It’s Pure, Unadulterated Magic! Suspending Water Without the Cup
  • Brian Lam: What I Read, “The Awl and The Hairpin have a way of tickling your mind. That’s integrity: When you give up money to do what you think is right. That’s the only test for editorial integrity.”
  • The Best Author Letter Ever, “I can’t tell you what it means to an author to hear that her story has helped a young reader in some small way. This is the privilege of writing for children — the joy of connecting, through stories and humor and our best attempt to share our hearts on the page, with the best people on the planet.”
  • Why Didn’t the Cops Realize Michelle Knight Had Been Kidnapped?
  • Why do we care about craft? on Medium by Rena Tom, “Looking beyond trends,beyond DIY and shop local, I think people are hunting for an emotional reason to spend money. In the modern world that tells you, shows you, then sells you what ‘perfect’ is, people have a reason to rebel, and revel in imperfection.”
  • Embracing the Mess on The Pastry Box Project, by Nicole Jones, “It was a Friday afternoon. I was tired. I went home and rested. But Adam got me thinking, how do we embrace the mess? Or should we?”
  • Biz Ladies Profile: Christine Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop, “What was the best piece of business advice you were given when you were starting off? My husband, Evan, gave me this advice: “they can only say no.” The only risk is rejection. And “No” won’t kill ya”
  • My Studio Mate :: Jamie Vasta by Lisa Congdon, “I was particularly impressed with how they captured Jamie’s work, her process and her materials. You see, Jamie’s materials and process are not typical! She “paints” in glitter!”
  • 5 Things I Learned About “Game of Thrones” from the Show’s Writers
  • On That Day from For me, For You by Kate Miss, “I learned to shed guilt and most of all, I learned through reading stories of other weddings that our day will not be a display of wealth and glitter, but as saccharine as it sounds (you have to get so used to that when planning a wedding) – our day will be a day for our friends and family to witness us promising and declaring our commitment to each other.”
  • James is a girl by Jennifer Egan on NY Times, “In the fashion world, there is a feeling that models have changed. “Today, you’re not looking for perfection anymore,” says Michael Flutie, the owner of Company Management, one of several new modeling agencies that have been founded in New York in the last decade. What matters more than any particular look is a model’s attitude, her ability to project an inner life for the camera: the inner life of someone whose surface fascinates us.”
  • The Scene at Adam Yauch’s Park-Naming Ceremony
  • The Whole Problem Is That There Is No Housing Boom In Silicon Valley

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