i can’t thank you all enough for all your excellent book recommendations on the previous edition of MWD. i’m not exaggerating when i say that i downloaded a sample of every single suggestion onto my Kindle – now i have no excuse not to read anymore. but a funny thing happened while we were on holiday… i just couldn’t read.
even though i was in the perfect reading position on the couch (in front of the fire and under a blanket) i kept checking my phone after every few paragraphs: scrolling through Instagram, refreshing Twitter, going down my usual internet rabbit-holes. i tried to blame it on the book that i felt like i just couldn’t get into. eventually i just lay there thinking what is WRONG with me. i used to read voraciously, i would go to bed every single night and read before i fell asleep – i haven’t done that in years. or, i haven’t been able to do that in years. in the past 12 months i have only managed to finish 8 books.
then i read this article about why we can’t read anymore (haha! the irony that i am reading an article on the internet about how i can’t read anymore, while i’m trying to read, is not lost on me) which was a bit of a lightbulb moment – and applies not only to reading, but to a lot of other aspects of my life. so, i feel like i need to retrain my brain, and give the iPhone a bit of a rest.
so, this might not be the best moment to offer up a Mid Week Distraction – but here it is anyway!
“Work on something important, brain itch, check email, dopamine, refresh,dopamine, check Twitter, dopamine, back to work.”
Garance talks about how everything online looks the same.
i don’t want Mad Men to end because i don’t want these reviews by Liz & LJ to ever end.
“If I’m about to lose my marbles, I’ll use all caps, maybe an exclamation point”
“What is the cause of the winds, and whence do they come, and whither do they go?”
play the masters on your keyboard. truly AMAZING!
…that he wrote when he was FOUR.
Cheese may actually be good for you (!!!!!!!!!!!)