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Here’s what I read, looked at and thought about this week. The things that can be linked to on the internet, anyway.


  • “One exists most of the time in morose discontent with the sort of work that one does oneself, and wastes vain envy on all others”… T. S. Eliot to Virginia Woolf | Paris Review
  • Hands off: my first feminist action | Miranda July, Rookie
  • “Receiving the message that my ordinary everyday face was too ordinary to be photographed, even though it was only for work, was admittedly a bit of a blow.” | do impossible things
  • “I feel that, from now on, nobody should ever go to fashion week not on acid.” | VICE
  • Joan Didion’s “tragic achievement” | Vanity Fair
  • Why 21st-century teens can’t talk on the phone | The Faster Times
  • Why the juniper has berries | Cold Splinters
  • On tattoos: “you are emblazoning your outside with some essential representation of what’s within” | fiction & caffeine
  • No more heroes: Why no one else can make films like Steven Spielberg | The Independent
  • “Privacy, to me, is not about keeping my personal life hidden from other people. It’s about sparing me from the intrusion of other people’s personal lives.” Jonathan Franzen (2008) | Technology Review
  • German police baffled by case of English-speaking boy with no identity: The teenager wandered out of a forest claiming he had been living wild for years with his father | The Guardian
  • Vladimir Nabokov’s understanding of human nature anticipated the advances in psychology since his day | The American Scholar
  • Old piece from Joan Didion on her experience of 9/11: I gasped at her insight about the “absence of trust in the efficacy of rhetorical gestures” | The New York Review of Books
  • Things I have learned in a decade of freelance writing. | Clem Bastow
  • What are young Chinese thinking about? “After watching television I have many ideas, but am unable to realize them.” Yunnan, Luo Zheng Chui, 30 years old, farmer | chinaSMACK
  • Willow, lost cat from Colorado, resurfaces in Manhattan |
  • Uncreative writing: “the suppression of self-expression is impossible. Even when we do something as seemingly “uncreative” as retyping a few pages, we express ourselves in a variety of ways.” | The Chronicle Review
  • Hemingway the museumgoer at the Met: “his taste tended toward the conventional, the middlebrow and even the prissy.” |
  • On the phone with Maurice Sendak: “Children who fight back, children who are full of excitement are the kind of children I like.” |
  • “It was easier for me to play cheerleader; I wasn’t the one shitting the bed and gritting my teeth through the pain.” | GOOD
  • What I want to read: “The Magic of Reality” by Richard Dawkins




Zoom out, breathe out. As the top YouTube commenter says, “this video makes me want to be a better person.” (Bonus: The beautiful love story of Carl Sagan and Annie Druyan.)

  • “Karl Marx did not know what we know: he did not know that he was Karl Marx. Had this knowledge been available to him, it would have consoled him during the many moments when he wondered whether his life’s work would matter to anyone.”
  • I do not fear death: “I will pass away sooner than most people who read this, but that doesn’t shake my sense of wonder and joy” | Roger Ebert
  • Alan Watts introduces America to meditation and Eastern philosophy (1960) | Open Culture
  • I’m glad we didn’t have Facebook or Twitter on 9/11. (Me too) | GOOD
  • Can animals pretend? Do they have imaginations?
  • Ira Glass (of my second favourite radio show) writes an appreciation of Radiolab (my first favourite) | Transom
  • Continuous partial employment: a shift from having a job to having a life.
  • Melbourne’s Dandenong: 140,000 people, no book shop | The Age
  • Is home economics class still relevant? | Smithsonian blog
  • “…you can sit there and be absorbed by TV, let the news of the moment consume you. You can just do nothing. I choose to read as a form of relaxation. … Laura used to say, ‘Reading is taking a journey,’ and she’s right.” The reason why this article is in THINK is because this quote is from George W. Bush | Walt Harrington


  • My wrap up of the week’s top strategy + creativity + marketing reads on Nextness.
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  1. Natalie #

    This is wonderful Jess, thank you so much.

    September 23, 2011
  2. Awesome links! Let the procrastination begin…

    September 23, 2011

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