BlackBird's Bullets #26
Simple life; Kevin Kelly; Brain Pickings; Biden's Peloton; and a creative derivatives
This time I'm sharing my latest book impression, and expect more to come as I'm working through years of my kindle highlights and marginalia in the paper books. I call these impressions as it's really sharing my highlights and feelings of the books instead of doing the summaries. There are many of those everywhere, my objective is simply to recommend some good reading.
For that and more read on through the 26th edition of BlackBird's Bullets!
Title photo: What else better says "Spring 2021" than an umbrella and a facemask. Oh yeah, this video.
- 🕉 Another book impression: The Quest of the Simple Life by William J. Dawson. I'm always intrigued by anyone seeking a different way of living, outside of what we call normal. This book is a hundred years old, but it could have been written last year.
- 🔭 Kevin Kelly is an amazing thinker and might just be one of the last old-school world wanderers. Here's a collection of 99 (additional) bits of unsolicited advice.
- 🤓 I wish to learn to read as beautifully as Maria Popova one day. This Bulgarian-born New Yorker has maintained Brain Pickings, one-woman labor of love, for over 15 years. This is Wikipedia for the readers (or Ikea for the readers, if you prefer that analogy) — meaning it's easy to come for one thing and get lost gorging on what's on offer. You can start with This meditation on the life well-lived:
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days.
—Annie Dillard, The Writing Life.
- 🚴♂️ Presidential Peloton bike raising security concerns. If you notice "Scranton John" on your rides, watch for the security detail!
- 🎨 Uplifting video featuring ages of art: All creative work builds on what came before. —Yes, these are the kinds of gems I discover while feasting on Brain Pickings.
See you next week.
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish!