me being miserable
Yesterday was just a day to get through. I came down with food poisoning around midnight the night before, and the lack of sleep combined with my body’s fierce determination to rid itself of all toxins left me in bad shape. All I could stomach was yerba mate and white rice. I went to bed early last night, listened to Louis C.K. for a while to put me in a good mood, did a sleep meditation, and slept for almost 11 hours. And I feel like myself again! Woohoo!
I have a few books that I have been slowly picking my way through, but these days it is mostly articles and essays that take up my reading time. I read a lot daily, but these were my favorites from the past week or so…
Why the minimalists do what they do | Raptitude
“[T]oo many choices erode personal welfare instead of serving it. When we’re faced with a number of options, we’re always going to assume that one of them is better than all the rest. This means the more options there are, the more likely we are to choose one that isn’t the best one.”
How Not to Be Alone, an essay by Jonathan Safran Foer | The New York Times
“I worry that the closer the world gets to our fingertips, the further it gets from our hearts.”
After the Show: The Many Faces of the Creative Performer | Scientific American
“Almost by definition, creativity is complex. Creative thinking is influenced by many traits, behaviors, and sociocultural factors that come together in one person. It would be surprising if all of these factors didn’t sometimes, or even most of the time, appear to contradict one another.”
25 Things To Know About Sexism & Misogyny In Writing & Publishing | terribleminds
Before you roll your eyes or start feeling sad, know that the guy who wrote this is funny and smart and this is worth reading.
And this is from 2009, but it’s still very much worth reading: Who is Yoko Ono? Bitch asked 20 well-known musicians, writers, visual artists, and scholars.
For the last two weeks, here’s what has been on heavy rotation in my home:
Field of Reeds by These New Puritans
Olympia by Austra
I honestly usually hate anything electro-poppy, but there are enough organic sounds here to get me to listen again and again — probably because it’s all performed by a live band. And I think her voice is really cool. And the lyrics aren’t horribly stupid.
Voyages by Conrad Tao
Apparently this is no longer streaming on their website, but it’s still available via the NPR Music app. Anyway, great solo piano stuff here. Recorded when he was 18, it features stuff ranging from Ravel to Rachmaninov to Meredith Monk to his own compositions. And the whole album flows beautifully.