Recommended Reading / 11.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Every Monday, words to start the week.

This week, from Omid Safi's The Disease of Being Busy: Reflections from a Duke University professor on the downfalls of constant busy-ness. Says Safi: "What happened to a world in which we can sit with people we love so much and have slow conversations about the state of our heart and soul, conversations that slowly unfold, conversations with pregnant pauses and silences that we are in no rush to fill?" 

 He continues: "I teach at a university where many students pride themselves on the “study hard, party hard” lifestyle. This might be a reflection of many of our lifestyles and our busy-ness — that even our means of relaxation is itself a reflection of that same world of overstimulation. Our relaxation often takes the form of action-filled (yet mindless) films, or violent and face-paced sports. I don’t have any magical solutions. All I know is that we are losing the ability to live a truly human life." Read the piece in its entirety, here

Three more links, just because:
-Slumber Party Games: A Taxonomy.
-Thanksgiving-themed ramen, burgers, and a turkey wrapped in proscuitto.
-Hawkeye Hurley, the four-year-old son of a National Geographic photographer, has an Instagram account for his own shots, which he takes on a Fujifilm Instax.

More recommended reading, here. Photos by Max Wanger. Have a lovely Monday!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I found your blog a few weeks ago. I want to tell you that it is my favorite. These are the sort of pieces that seal it for me. Your page is deep and thoughtful, but at the same time, it introduces me to fun and unique items. Thank you for continuing to post.

Trish said...

This post speaks to me - I've been so busy lately. Not ironically, I don't even have time to read Omid's piece in full. Sigh.

burntfeather said...

I think I'm going to turn off my computer and go have some nice chats with my boyfriend :) (after I read a few sneaky blog posts first! he he) Oh and how rad is that 4 year old Polaroid kid - you know you're going to be cool when your Dad lets you have film :)

Ilana said...

great links!!

Shoko said...

Anon, thanks so much! This was such a nice note to wake up to today — I'm so happy to have you as a reader, thank you!

Trish, I hear you…

Rachel said...

Just started reading your blog a couple of weeks ago, and I love it! You have a lovely voice. Dr. Safi was my professor last year, and I couldn't believe you had his article as recommended reading!! He's an amazing person and professor. Great article.

Shoko said...

Rachel, thank you so much! Also, you're so lucky to have had such a wise soul as a teacher — he seems incredible! Loved this article.

Jacqui said...

So smart. Thanks!

Bekka said...

I just read that article. It's so beautiful. How is your heart doing?

Bekka said...

I just read that article. It's so beautiful. How is your heart doing?

Shoko said...

Bekka, it's doing wonderfully :) How is yours?

Bekka said...

My heart has been great today!

girlseeksplace said...

Yes to this. I am aiming to be less busy in 2015 - more time to focus on my hobbies and not just my career.

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