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What To Read This Weekend: Mean Girls (Not), the Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator, and Epicurus

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One great thing about blogging is that when you have a cool idea or read something interesting, you can immediately pass it along.  Here are three links you may enjoy:

1.  Here is a really moving essay on Nice Teen Girls and how they really do exist. It’s written from the perspective of a middle-aged man.

2. If you love, or love to hate (it really doesn’t matter which, though personally I love them) Malcolm Gladwell’s books, you will find this “Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator” laugh-out-loud hilarious.

3.  If you love your work, or wish you did, this essay on “transmuting ordinary work into soul” is really interesting and not as touchy-feely as this quotation would have you think. One fascinating tidbit from the article, about Epicurus:

“…we all seem to have adopted [the] Epicurean motto-Pleasure in the Present-without studying what the philosopher really meant. So we eat as much as we want, pursue our sexual interests, seek excitement all the time, spend money, possess things, and expand our leisure time. We even take his advice literally: “Let your meditation walk no further than pleasure, and even a little behind.” This may seem an utterly hedonistic philosophy until we find out how Epicurus spent his life. For his pleasure was eating very little, and then only vegetables, spending his time in gardening, reading books, and being with friends…”

Hope you enjoy these. Would love to hear your reactions, and any reading recommendations you want to share!


*THANKS to Delia Lloyd of the witty realdelia.com for giving me the idea to share reading lists every now and then.


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  1. Kate on 04.03.2011 at 17:21 (Reply)

    Thank you for the link to the Nice Girls essay! As the proud aunt of three very kind, socially aware, creative girls now in their college years (as are the friends of theirs I have met), so it’s lovely to see some non-Hollywood reality reflected.

  2. Mark on 05.03.2011 at 09:21 (Reply)

    A friend recently turned me on to SHIFT by Peter Arnell. Gives a very refreshing take on the art of the possible.

  3. Valerie on 05.03.2011 at 18:35 (Reply)

    Love the Malcolm Gladwell generator! I laughed so hard!

  4. chris scott on 06.03.2011 at 05:27 (Reply)

    For your next listings:

    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2011/03/06/the_power_of_lonely/

    P.S. Loved reading all three this weekend. Hope this is a regular Friday feature.

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