Tag: Books

  • Montaigne’s trick for paying close attention

    The trick is to maintain a kind of naive amazement at each instant of experience-but, as Montaigne learned, one of the best techniques for doing this is to write about everything. Simply describing an object on your table, or the view from your window, opens your eyes to how marvelous such ordinary things are. How […]

  • Lose yourself drawing. Jeff Tweedy’s advice for makers and people.

    You have to stop thinking about anything other than what happened when you were a little kid, and you laid on the floor, and you drew. And you lost yourself in that drawing. And in the end, you absolutely loved that drawing because you made it yourself. And the drawing got hung up on the […]

  • Four Panel Friday: J.R.R.Tolkien’s drawings of Entrances to the Elvenking’s halls

    Ok. These aren’t exactly comic panels. But the more I go through old books during this time spent at home, the more I discover “four panels” in other parts of literature. Tolkien’s perspective and line variation are impressive. He incorporates straight lines, diagonal and curved lines, stipples, blacked out inks. The man was non-stop. From: […]

  • A Friday Morning Gift: Tim Ferris interviews Tyler Cowen

    An incredible way to start Friday. Tim and Tyler cover: Tyler’s Emergent Ventures program His writing process And what your open browser tabs say about you Do have a listen:

  • Life Lessons from The Name of the Wind

    As I continue reading The Name of the Wind, I keep noticing Patrick Rothfuss drop small wisdom nuggets in each chapter. Some of them apply to the real world: On doing business with a tinker: Still, it’s never wise to look eager to sell. The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, pg 524. […]

  • Neil Gaiman on that bastard medium – comics

    A comic tends to be a small enough, personal enough, medium that a creator can just make art, tell stories, and see if anyone wants to read them. Not having to be liked is enormously liberating. The comic is, joyfully, a bastard medium that has borrowed its vocabulary and ideas from literature, science fiction, poetry, […]

  • Four Panel Friday: Tetris – The Games People Play

    After creating the most viral video game of all time, Alexey Pajitnov went back to work. From: Tetris: The Games People Play By: Box Brown

  • The most important rules for a chemist

    Label clearly. Measure twice. Eat elsewhere. The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, pg 243. Patrick Rothfuss In case you’re asked…

  • Positioning is Paramount. Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich

    This one is for all you tactics geeks. A list of the six tactical changes Pep Guardiola made during his first 6 months at Bayern Munich. Pep’s longtime assistant coach, Domènec Torrent explains: He’s full of re-invention – in six months here Pep has tried more thing than in four years at Barca. The list […]

  • First Sentences

    The prisoner in the photograph is me. Hole in my life, Jack Gantos On a sticky August evening two weeks before her due date, Ashima Ganguli stands in the kitchen of a Central Square apartment, combining Rice Krispies and Planters peanuts and chopped red onion in a bowl. The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri In the land […]