Hey y’all! Here are a few things I’ve found fun or interesting in recent weeks. Enjoy, and I’ll be back next week with actual posts! Seriously!
- Malcolm Gladwell uses Law and Order (the TV show) to suggest an interesting take on plot and storytelling. Granted, it could be complete nonsense, but I enjoyed hearing him try to create a sensible framework. (Warning: Very strong language, because he’s talking to Joe Rogan, who loves himself some profanity.)
- For something COMPLETELY different, here’s Tim Challies talking about his greatest challenge as a Christian.
- Seth Godin reveals the cure for writer’s block. (You already know what it is, but it’s good to get a reminder.)
- Here’s a 3-pack of great articles by Cal Newport: on the exceptionalism of reading books, on a simple hack for getting control of your smartphone usage, and then his fantastic New Yorker article on how to fix remote work (timely!).
- I’ve got a decently long and bushy beard, and every few months, I like to go to a barber to get it shaped up nicely. Obviously, during this distanced season, that’s not always an easy task. So this GQ video about giving yourself a professional-level beard trim was a huge help (and will save me a chunk of change in the future).
- One more video: “Toxicity” by System of a Down, performed on medieval instruments. I dig this so much.
- Brett McKay over at The Art of Manliness discusses how a smartwatch actually helps him use his phone less.
- Ann Handley gives some helpful advice for how to get a job and how not to be a jerk at work.
- I’m currently leading a Bible study at church through the Old Testament book of Amos (which will likely end up being a series of blog posts in the future!). If you’re not familiar with Amos, this podcast episode with Nancy Guthrie and Michael McKelvey gives you a wonderful overview of the book and its themes.