Category: Philosophy & Thought

  • The NYT, the Shultz Hour and niksen

    A few weeks back, in order to read an article on the New York Times website, I did what I’m often loathe to do and signed up for a free account. As a consequence I now receive their daily digest, The Morning, in my inbox and it’s been a really pleasant surprise. I find it’s […]

  • On ‘Patriots’

    Arthur Schopenhauer throws a little shade on some recent events, with help from Michael Dirda and The Washington Post: “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts, as a last resource, pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and glad to defend all its […]

  • Tame the Beast with Pencils

    Whenever you feel the Beast sapping your will, do something – anything – that will improve your situation in even the smallest way. Straighten a crooked picture. Put all your stray pencils into a cup. Taming the Beast

  • Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth

    Or find your Sacred Space I have been listening to the audio version of an old PBS series with Bill Moyer interviewing teacher and philosopher Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth. To say it’s been a game-changer for me would be a massive understatement. What an absolute beauty of a man and intellect. I can […]

  • Productivity & Distraction

    Cal Newport dropped Staying Productive on Distracted Days over on his blog and it’s a nail-on-the-head observation for me. “Productivity” is a slippery term. It’s often used to refer exclusively to the rate at which you produce value for your business or employer. I tend to apply it more broadly to describe the intentional allocation […]