Dear French Guy Who Buried Himself In A Hole For A Week,
Sometimes life gets really overwhelming, and I want to just, I don’t know, bury myself in a hole with a stack of books and not talk to anyone for a week! Yeah! That’s what I want to do! Do you think that’s crazy? Of course you don’t, because you did exactly that a couple weeks ago, when you descended into a two-foot wide hole dug under a Marseilles bookstore, equipped only with water, freeze-dried food, a headlamp, and some books, and didn’t emerge for seven days. That’s pretty much my life dream. I feel like you and I would have a lot in common. Maybe next time we can share your hole?
That sounds a bit dirtier than I intended, but hey, whatever floats your boat, mon amour.
You know when that thing happened to Ned Stark in Season 1 of HBO’s ”Game of Thrones” and everyone who hadn’t read the book (and some who had) completely freaked out? There’s more stuff like that to come and A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin is kind of scared about how you’ll react. So scared, in fact, he’s considering leaving the country to hide out for a while. (No spoilers for upcoming plot lines!) Read more…
I’m obsessed with “Game of Thrones,” but it’s really hard to keep track of the characters because there are just so many. This cheat sheet should come in handy for those of you who don’t have John DeVore, former “Mind Of Man” and GoT diehard, on speed dial. I will never get Douche King and Captain Beard confused again. [Owl Under My Cowl]
The only reason Nothing: What Sandcastles Can Teach Us About North Korean Economic Policy, Slurp: What Kittens’ Tongues Teach Us About Derivatives, and Clarissa: How One Woman Explained It All are not bestsellers is because Malcolm Gladwell has not written them yet.
But he should. He’s really onto something with that kitten book. [Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator]
“We judge in areas where we feel insecure, and we pick people who are doing worse than we are. I think when you hear someone snark at someone about something, that’s clear as day that person has some real shame around that issue. When I’m really on that judgment train I have to stop and think, ‘What am I feeling?’ If I’m comfortable in my body, in my work, I don’t care about yours … [These judgements and shame manifest for] women, [through] appearance, body image, motherhood. It’s perfectionism: do it all, look perfect doing it … Women talk about other women’s appearance. We do it unthinkingly, and we’re not awake. If we want to be free and out from under the shame and the heaviness of not being enough, if we want to be valued, we have to practice vulnerability. We have to do the hard things.”
–Brene Brown talks to Salon about how to combat snark and other themes in her new book Daring Greatly. If you’re not familiar with Brene Brown, I highly recommend watching her TED talk on the power of vulnerability. It really moved me and shifted some of my thought paradigms. I can’t wait to read her new book, which delves into the “social climate of scarcity” and how we can all live more daringly. I’m glad someone is thinking about these big picture, cultural issues. Should we figure out how to evolve as a society, I think we should throw Brene Brown a party. [Salon]