The Documented Life
These days, when people are alone, or feel a moment of boredom, they tend to reach for a device. In a movie theater, at a stop sign, at the checkout line at a supermarket and, yes, at a memorial service, reaching for a device becomes so natural that we start to forget that there is a reason, a good reason, to sit still with our thoughts: It does honor to what we are thinking about. It does honor to ourselves.
Guilty. It’s a New Year’s goal to be more present. Coming to terms that THIS is the first / most important step.
Seinfeld on why his comedy is sex and swear free
Keeping his act sex- and swear-free, the way he sees it, is part of this athletic challenge, since it denies him the easiest laughs: “A person who can defend themselves with a gun is just not very interesting. But a person who defends themselves through aikido or tai chi? Very interesting.”
Totally defines my issue with a lot of comedians and works that intend on being funny. When you break down the jokes that rely only on sex and swearing as their basis, they just aren’t great or interesting for that matter. It’s the crutch of comedians, sitcoms and movies these days.
"Making the ordinary extraordinary is so much better than starting with the extraordinary." - Ricky Gervais
When to give up on a book you're reading
From Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust, the Rule of 50 will change your life:
Nobody is going to get any points in heaven by slogging their way through a book they aren’t enjoying but think they ought to read. I live by what I call ‘the rule of fifty,’ which acknowledges that time is short and the…
This is my New Year’s Resolution for starting / finishing books. Brilliant.