(but first, a visual review of my week)
| “In high school, Hillary Rodham — who grew up in Illinois and was influenced by her die-hard Republican father and high school history teacher — considered herself a Republican and even became a Goldwater Girl.” (here)
| “The people who live in the Blue Zones — five regions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the U.S. researchers have identified as having the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world — move their bodies a lot. They have social circles that reinforce healthy behaviors. They take time to de-stress. They’re part of communities, often religious ones. And they’re committed to their families.” (here)
| “But here’s my question- why do you need to see shit piled on my counter or in my sink or my dirty closet for you to think I’m real? Do you lack critical thinking to know or assume those things exist? My social media is not a place for you to go to feel better about yourself. To assuage your guilt or get peace of mind that I’m just as messy as you are. If that’s what you’re using it for, well, that says more about you than it does me.” (here)
| “Most of the time, Halvorson says, people don’t realize they are not coming across the way they think they are. ‘If I ask you,’ Halvorson told me, ‘about how you see yourself—what traits you would say describe you—and I ask someone who knows you well to list your traits, the correlation between what you say and what your friend says will be somewhere between 0.2 and 0.5. There’s a big gap between how other people see us and how we see ourselves.'” (here)
| “That ‘Undisclosed’ might even obliquely prove that a sure editorial hand is not as important as sheer subject matter is a perverse lesson for the journalists who thought of “Serial” as proof-of-concept for the whole profession. ‘Undisclosed’ is set to be an implicit experiment in the role skillful narration plays in elevating the merely interesting to the addictively compelling. If its success continues (and it is of course possible that it won’t), it may indicate that narrative is not so important after all. Once it has achieved escape velocity — under initial power of a juicy story — a person’s notoriety is its own justification, whether for a Kardashian or for Adnan Syed.” (here)
Did you read anything this week that made you stop and think?