Viewing entries posted in January 2012
When it comes to filling time with noise, words and images,
this is an unprecedented age. Among American eight- to
18-year-olds, media usage now fills more than seven and a
half hours daily and you can add another three if
multitasking is taken into account.
You don't have time to read this, do you? At least not if
the past 300 years of history have had any influence on you.
Our troubles started when time was first sliced into tiny
artificial units, and we have been subject to...
Imagine, for a moment, attempting to get through a day in
which everyone told the truth to you, and you reciprocated.
Over breakfast you ask your partner what he's looking at on
his phone. Pictures of my ex-girlfriend,' he replies. 'I
still love her.'...
Memory is our past and future. To know who you are as a
person, you need to have some idea of who you have been.
And, for better or worse, your remembered life story is a
pretty good guide to what you will...
'Mama always said life is like a box of chocolate. You never
know what you're gonna get.' It's a corny film quote, but
Forest Gump knew it. The many varieties in chocolate are a
useful metaphor for describing the different forces at work
The truth is that racing, even the purest version of
racingagainst myselfwouldn't be enough to keep me running if
there weren't something about the activity itself that I
found deeply satisfying. A race, after all, is focused on
ends, be they victories or personal...
Imagine you had just received a bonus. You are debating
whether to spend the sum on a vacation in Rio de Janeiro.
This is a tough decision. You have never been to Rio. How do
you decide if a week in Rio is...
There are books that tickle the mind (even change lives),
and books that don't. I love books that clarify intrinsic
complex topics (capitalism, love, freedom) in a beautiful
and original way. If this Project In-Between is a humble
quest for patterns to understand our...
Elke Lahousse interviews F.S. Michaels,
author of Monoculture: How One Story Is Changing
Everything. She recently won America's 2011 NCTE George
Orwell Award, for critical analysis of public discourse.
*What made you write this book? How long did your research
*FS:* 'The seed of this book began...
There is a crisis in the art of conversation, and it's
making us hungry. On the one hand, we face a famine of
quality conversation in our relationships. The typical
British couple spends more time watching television together
on average, 55 minutes a day...