The Internet never ends; we can only do our best to catch what we can. Below are my favorite articles from this week. Remember you can also subscribe to this via email and get some other goodies as well.
1. Life Is Worth Exploring
Life is complicated because it’s subtle. Anthony Bourdain explains why these paradoxes are also what make life so interesting. Every person is different, every situation is different; we can’t afford to generalize but rather experience a new occasion for what it is or judge a person for who they are.
2. The Demands of Now
Print is dying, not because people don’t like reading it but because it’s slower than the social media world. Print used to be the now, but now is actually right now, as Twitter spreads breaking news as it happens moments ago. As David Carr writes, “we’re all on the train that left print behind.”
+ Medium: The train is a [metaphor for life. It never stops moving. It’s all about the now space & time, like the Internet. My Metro North train diaries.
3. Paid To Think
Design is hard because thinking is painful. Good designers persist. Oliver Reichenstein argues that design is a combination of thought, listening, reflection, imagination, and ultimately experience.
4. Borrowing a Pen in 2014
If print is dying out, so too must the tools that write on them. Nick Bilton explains why the finger is the new pen. I still love my Kaweco for slow media and reflection.
5. Procrastination Station
There are many reasons we procrastinate, chief among them is the result of not being specific enough. Procrastination compounds until we take action to vitiate some of the stress. As I mentioned a few weeks back, sometimes all you need to do is start.
6. A Tweet to Create
Twitter is the perfect platform for writers because it allows them to test new material and because it constricts creativity. Author Teju Cole is the most experimental of Twitter writers. He retweets other people’s tweets to tell stories.
7. How Ira Glass Works
Every time I read about radio host Ira Glass, he reminds of a normal person like myself that just tries really hard and has a few talents he gathered from that practice of diligence. Here’s how Ira works.
+ Vimeo: In one of my favorite videos, Ira glass explains how to go from curator to creator.