Links I dig this week
25 Famous Women on Childlessness here
This album is beautiful. Playing on repeat.
Clive James, a writer, who is also terminally ill wrote a gentle beautiful poem about dying and knowing that the end is near, and how his final wish is to just “live to see” the maple tree’s leaves turn red. Showcased in this week’s New Yorker Japanese Maple
Did you know, that Oscar Wilde’s last words were “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go.” link
A very good argument against tipping worth understanding and discussing. Does tipping actually just encourage restaurants to pay service workers the minimum they can get away with? link
Condom-less male birth control may be available as early as 2017. Cheers to more gender equality when it comes to family planning link
Speaking of gender equality. Report: Most Men Still Out-Earn Most Women link
How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking and Give a Great Presentation link
Which Cities Sleep in, and Which Get to Work Early (spoiler: New Yorkers get to work late.) link
Gwynn Guilford on how climate change will affect the wines we drink. “By mid-century, more than four-fifths of the land in France, Italy, and Spain that’s now used for vineyards will be producing grapes unsuited for wine, according to a 2013 study. Australia stands to lose up to three-quarters of its currently viable vineyard land; California’s looking at a 70% decline.” link
[personal favorite pet peeve] Stop telling women to smile campaign. link
Music of the week
Americans love Mexican food. We consume nachos, tacos, burritos, tortas, enchiladas, tamales and anything resembling Mexican in enormous quantities. We love Mexican beverages, happily knocking back huge amounts of tequila, mezcal and Mexican beer every year. We love Mexican people—as we sure…
I think it’s time to start blasting some ACL playlistsssss #whoohooo #acl2013
After I took his portrait, I asked him if he could remember the happiest moment of his life. He thought for a moment, put one finger in the air, and said: “Albania, number one!”
Please follow these steps and you will be ok!
On how to feel better after a heartbreak.
Created by Joshua Kang
In love with this project!
“My local library branch started doing this “Blind Date with a Book” thing, thought you guys might like it. The shelf was full when we got there, but was like this as we were leaving. The books are wrapped in paper and have different designs on them, and then a few words vaguely describing the subject matter of the book. Things like “Drama”, “Plot Twists”, “espionage”, etc. The only thing exposed on the book is the barcode that you use to scan the book out. I thought it was a pretty cool idea.”
here we go, all i loved in 2012 .. over and over, and over
That’s the paradox: the only time most people feel alive is when they’re suffering, when something overwhelms their ordinary, careful armour, and the naked child is flung out onto the world. That’s why the things that are worst to undergo are best to remember. But when that child gets buried away under their adaptive and protective shells—he becomes one of the walking dead, a monster. So when you realise you’ve gone a few weeks and haven’t felt that awful struggle of your childish self — struggling to lift itself out of its inadequacy and incompetence — you’ll know you’ve gone some weeks without meeting new challenge, and without growing, and that you’ve gone some weeks towards losing touch with yourself. The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they did’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.
Ted Hughes in Letters of Ted Hughes
Song: “Love Is Everything” by Jane Siberry