“The grizzly bear on this continent is the one animal capable of reminding the most arrogant species on earth its true place in the world.” —author and naturalist Doug Peacock (video)
“If you train your brain, ‘I always have to have stimuli. I can’t be bored for a moment,’ you’re gonna have both professional and social ramifications. Professionally, it makes it very difficult to concentrate without distraction. … when you’re doing things in your personal life, you extract much less value out of them, because you can’t sustain presence or attention. Going out for a drink with a friend is not as satisfying as it might have been 10 years ago, because you just have this itch the whole time, ‘I gotta check [my phone].’”
—Cal Newport on why he thinks we’ll look back on our smartphone usage like cigarette smoking
This episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s “Broken Record” is one of the most entertaining, educational, and ridiculous episodes I’ve ever heard, and you don’t have to like or know anything about death metal or black metal to enjoy it.
“It is the slice joint that really turned pizza from an Italian food in New York City into a New York City food — a meal shared across neighborhoods, ethnicities and age groups, equally at home in the Bay Ridge of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ as in the Bedford-Stuyvesant of ‘Do the Right Thing.’” (thanks, Mitsu)
This may not be of interest to everyone, but GQ has a lengthy (and I do mean lengthy) interview with eight musicians (including Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper, Jason Isbell, Joe Walsh, and Steven Tyler) about how their lives and creative process changed after they got sober.