What I Read This Week – 12th February

One of those weeks: about two hundred tabs open in my browser and only about two spare minutes to look at them. Here's what I did manage to read: - Blogging Site Tumblr Makes Itself the News (Brian Stelter at the New York Times)

“Basically, if Tumblr were a city of 42 million,” Ms. Bennett said, referring to the number of Tumblr blogs that exist, “I’m trying to figure out how we cover the ideas, themes and people who live in it.”

I feel like the (theoretical? intellectual?) implications of this are huge. The idea of Tumblr-as-city (which echoes the idea that Ian Leslie recently wrote about in More Intelligent Life - "When the internet was new, its early enthusiasts hoped it would emulate the greatest serendipity machine ever invented: the city.") is interesting; so is the idea of curation and, more importantly, curation-as-creation. I know there have been about a million different pieces written about the cyber-flâneur in the last few weeks (which I keep meaning to read), and it seems like this is an increasingly important way of looking at what we're doing and making online.

- Passion and Mediocrity (Lovely Bicycle)

I quit piano within a year and took this as a lesson to save my energy for things I could truly excel at. Piano would never be one of them.

I identify strongly with this. I've abandoned countless activities for the same reason, and I too am learning (slowly!) that I don't have to be the best at something to enjoy pursuing it.

- A Peaceful, But Very Interesting Pursuit (Lisa Levy at The Rumpus)

Nobody wants to think about the poet at the water cooler

- How to be Emotionally Stable Without Getting Bored (Nick Cox at Thought Catalog)

Maybe when you were in love with things, what you were really in love with was not the things themselves but rather something inside them that you could never quite get at, which was why you loved them with such annihilating desperation, as if throwing yourself over and over against a locked door.

- Scheduling the Sublime (Alain de Botton at The School of Life)

Our appointments should not merely be related to money; our time should also include regular meetings with those ideas that sustain our souls