#44: Even if they appear pointless

Watch the grass grow, think of a kitten, or snuggle a giant carrot. Whatever it takes, really.


Lovely Linky Bits

Thoughtful reads and so forth.

Jeong Kwan, the Philosopher Chef
“Jeong Kwan has no restaurant. She has no customers. She has published no cookbooks. She has never attended culinary school, nor has she worked her way up through the high-pressure hierarchy of a four-star kitchen. Her name does not appear in any of those annual round-ups listing the greatest chefs in the world, although Ripert will assure you that she belongs among them, as do a few contemporaries of hers at temples throughout Korea.”

Jack White’s Infinite Imagination
“Over the course of any day, White is boss, bandmate, producer, project supervisor, businessman, pragmatist, and idea man. ‘Mr. American Work Ethic’ is how an acquaintance of White’s described him to me. White says that Third Man Records is not in business to make money. (It does.) He wants the company to produce objects and projects he cares about, in the belief that if they appeal to him and his staff, they will appeal to others, even if they appear pointless.”

Searching For Mr. Grass
“Sometimes I’d sit at my desk, mute the Rocky theme, and stare at Mr. Grass’ lawn, unsure if I wanted something to happen or not. By nature I am not an anxious person, but this somehow felt like self-medication. I’d glance down at the Father’s Day photo, all three of them suspended in a perfect line, three pairs of Velcro shoes sinking into the high grass. I wondered who they were and what they were doing now, 12 years later. They seem happy, I’d think to myself. I’d put my computer to sleep, and head for home.”

Curiosities & Delights

Some things to be glad about.

Some of the worst names for great bands.
Philosophy meets Snake.
The time for kitten meditation is now.
Probably also a good time for a giant carrot pillow.
Some of the best medical science images.
Curious bits about the (recently closed) Waldorf Astoria.
And on a smaller scale, here’s how to build a bee hotel.
Whispering galleries of the world.
Goodnight stories for rebel girls.
And a thoughtful approach to finding work you can love.

Moving Pictures

Video treats upon which to press play.

Moises Vazquez is the Spider-Man science teacher.
A dog’s remarkable journey to find a home.
John Koenig speaks of obscure sorrows.
The real age of your body’s bits.
Hello, Russian Beatles.

Happening Things

Book releases, courses, and other timely tidbits.

Two very handsome online courses this week:
Frank Gehry is teaching design and architecture at MasterClass, and Chris Anderson (head of TED) is teaching public speaking at Udemy.