Continuous partial attention – a name to what drives me (and my kids) crazy – parents with small children in tow focused almost entirely on their phones.
This excerpt from a 1996 GQ article with the author writing about his Dad’s devotion to style. He put the nail on the head in this distinction between the contrasting and unconscious approaches to men’s and women’s clothes, and which holds true today, “… in my father’s view a man is not allowed irony in the wearing of clothes. Irony is for women, because for them clothes are all about play, all about tease and preamble—because for them dressing is all about undressing. For a man, though, clothes both determine and mark his place in the world; they are about coming from nakedness, rather than going to it—and so irony spells diminution, because irony says that you don’t mean it…and you have to mean it. ” As a culture, we are so imbued in this thinking we don’t question it. But we should and we must.
Addressing climate change with paint.
Bette Davis: “I was thought to be ‘stuck up.’ I wasn’t. I was just sure of myself. This is and always has been an unforgivable quality to the unsure.” More great quotes here. (thanks to Swissmiss for the lead)
I’ve just started listening to Seth Godin’s podcast, Akimbo. When common sense sounds revolutionary.
Do you find your partner interesting? Barack Obama’s relationship advice. The best I’ve heard.
Have a lovely weekend!