what I’m reading
Sometimes, I like to get lost on the Internet. It’s kind of crazy how you can read/watch/listen to pretty much anything online that interests you, or that you didn’t know interested you and then did, or did not interest you at all until you read the final line and then realized, “Woah, okay, I am interested.”
Anyways, here are some things I have particularly enjoyed reading. Maybe the same will go for you!
Here is Everything I Learned in NYC (The Morning News)
“It’s lonely,” I often said, and it’s true that being in a city this monumental, this antic and buzzing can kick up in me a melancholy deeper than I’ve ever felt. But it can also kick up an exhilarating sense of possibility, a peace that comes from knowing your place in the world is small but entirely your own.
The Honorable Clad of the Distance Runner (The New York Times)
“Nonrunners often imagine that people can cover 26.2 miles only because they have lean, muscled legs and a highly developed cardiovascular system. Nothing could be further from the truth. The runner’s most important organ, by far, is the brain…”
“You don’t find your passion and then work. Instead, you work–and then find your passion.”
“Mr. Fall, who sources speculate loves Thanksgiving, butternut squash soup, homecoming parades, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” apple-picking, and haunted hayrides, emerges reliably every year around this time in his traditional uniform, sometimes alternating his iconic sweater with a fleece vest or pullover.”
Watch Joanna Newsom Perform a New Song (Pitchfork)
“Joanna Newsom appeared at San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival yesterday afternoon, and included a brand new song in her short setlist … with lyrics that tip from reflecting on the past to the not-so-distant future: ‘Parades mark the passing of age,” yet “a hunter a hundred years from now may look and despair.'”
The Pumpkin Cartel of Corning, NY (The New York Times)
“Growing up in the ’80s, my brother and I sold pumpkins door to door every October. Whenever 4-foot children selling Halloween squash ring your doorbell, you’re hamstrung into purchasing one, or risk being labeled the local curmudgeon.”
Why We All Need Journeys (Jeff Goins Writer)
“It’s a process of leaving and arriving, of losing yourself and finding it again. And if these are our only criteria, anything can be a journey — as long as you are intentional.”
How to Love a Screwed Up Man (Thought Catalog)
“The cowardly thing about Jack is that he would own up to all of his problems and then do absolutely nothing to fix them. He thought that admitting his shortcomings was enough to absolve them.”
Why I Write: Joan Didion on Ego, Grammar & The Impetus to Create (Brain Pickings)
“Had my credentials been in order I would never have become a writer. Had I been blessed with even limited access to my own mind there would have been no reason to write. I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.”
Adventures in Working Out — Around the World (National Geographic)
“In my experience traveling internationally there are a whole scale of reactions received, which I like to put on a scale, called the Local Reaction Scale or LRS. On one end is zero reaction—where running is accepted, normal, and many of the locals run. On the other end of the scale is ten….
Norway – 2
Bhutan – 9 (what IS that guy up to?)”