Lovely Linky Bits
Thoughtful reads and so forth.
10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings
“Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity. Ours is a culture that measures our worth as human beings by our efficiency, our earnings, our ability to perform this or that. The cult of productivity has its place, but worshipping at its altar daily robs us of the very capacity for joy and wonder that makes life worth living — for, as Annie Dillard memorably put it, ‘how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.’”
The Suffragettes Who Learned Martial Arts to Fight for Votes
“And that’s where the Bodyguard stepped in—in between their sisters-in-arms and members of law enforcement, their mission to keep these prison breaks as long as possible. The women of the Bodyguard were extremely fit, willing to risk their health, safety and freedom, and almost always single, since it was considered unfair for mothers to be thrown in jail. They came from the ranks of the most radical suffragettes and studied jujutsu in a network of secret locations, using codenames and whatever subterfuge necessary to keep their activity private from prying eyes.”
The Cultivation of Uncertainty
“I think, though, that the arts work more subtly; their unknowability — the great mystery of how Cezanne captures a certain slant of light just so, how Faulkner takes us into the tortured psyche of Southerners trying to come to grips with the past (which is never the past), how Claudia Rankine simultaneously asks us to think about what poetry is while also asking us to consider the potential violence that might lurk in our definition. And so on: all of the wonderfully ambiguous and difficult to define gestures that art and, if we’re candid with ourselves, ethics and history and sociology (the humanities) urge us to inhabit.”
Curiosities & Delights
Some things to be glad about.
Chie Hitotsuyama’s newspaper sculptures.
A short guide to Charles Dickens’ preferred swears.
Finland’s preferred heavy metal dinosaur band.
Tentacle pillows and a Darth Vader wood burner.
Rent: horseshoes, nails, an axe, and a knife. Since 1211.
The solving of the Bermuda Triangle mystery. Maybe.
A handy map of UFO sightings.
A brief history of election cake.
And the man inside Godzilla.
Video treats upon which to press play.
The traditional (and dangerous) riding of logs.
The cutthroat world of professional mini golf.
Welcome to the lightsaber academy.
And here’s Pico Iyer on the joys of not knowing.