Sunday Reading List #1

It’s a grey and rainy weekend. The boy is out of town, the cat is looking for the warmest spots on our living room floor, and I am lying on the couch reading. Later I will finally harvest and pickle those snack peppers off the little bush we planted back in early summer. But first I will enjoy some more of this lovely, lazy day and read some articles online.

I have somewhat given up the Fridays Edits I used to compile here on the blog due to lack of time, mostly. But, I still keep bookmarking articles, blog posts or stories I enjoyed reading or that I found noteworthy. So here is some of the stuff I read recently.

10 Things to Read This Sunday

Everything is on Sale Now. Even Us. – A relevant and timely opinion piece by Ruth Whippman about the constant pressure to sell ourselves online in the New York Times.

Material Intelligence – Glenn Adamson explains how we lost our knowledge on the production and the producers of the everyday objects that we use, and why we should regain it.

How to Balance Full-Time Work with Creative Projects – I often struggle to dedicate enough time and creative energy to this blog next to my full-time job. So, this essay by Jeffrey Silverstein hit a nerve. 

Lena Dunham Comes to Terms With Herself – I won’t get into my personal opinion on Lena Dunham here – hint: it’s not very high. But, this profile on here is a long and candid read, I do want to recommend.

There’s a Stress Gap Between Men and Women – Research says that women are twice as likely to suffer from severe stress and anxiety than men. This NYT article explains why and how to cope with it. 

Don’t Despair: The Climate Fight is Only Over If You Think It Is – Rebeccas Solnit’s plea for a passionate revolution to fight climate change.

Thank You For Growing Up With Us – In her last editor’s letter, Tavi Gavinson explains why her publication Rookie Mag is folding – and provides many insights into the state of media today. I always wished a publication like Rookie had existed when I was a teenager, and it’s sad to see this brilliant publication go.

Why is Japan Still So Attached to Paper – An insightful article on why in Japan the art of paper-making is of cultural importance.

Can a Musical Sponsored by a Toilet Manufacturer be a Work of Art – Richard Brody on the phenomenon of the industrial musical and a documentary called “Bathtubs Over Broadway” that I’d love to watch.

The Existentialists Reluctant Guide to Life – Life, sometimes it just feels absurd, and one might wonder why we even keep going. This article from Quartzy explains why with the help of Nietzsche, Camus and other existentialist philosophers.

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