My notes on Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers

Goodreads If you don't like non-fiction, you might like Malcolm Gladwell's books. They're psychology books that turn experiments and anecdotes into arguments for why the world works the way does--but in ways that slightly turn your view of the world upside down. There are people who love him, and then there are people who give… Continue reading My notes on Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers

When times seem bad, read about a time that was even worse

Right now I'm reading The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. It's a detailed chronicle of Winston Churchill and Great Britain from 1940 to 1941. During those two years, Londoners suffered the extreme anxiety and danger of regular, destructive bombing from the Germans. When I chose this book as my Book of the Month… Continue reading When times seem bad, read about a time that was even worse

Interesting questions to ask your friends

When I search for questions to ask friends, all the lists seem to overlap in their interesting but mostly impractical suggestions. For example, the first one I saw on Google was: "Do you think you're brave?" They're the type of question that is temperature-sensitive. They only work best at certain times and in certain places.… Continue reading Interesting questions to ask your friends

If you want to know more about the 2020 presidential candidates

First things first: this post gives much less air time to the Republican candidates than the Democratic candidates. My argument in defense for this disparity is that a) the few Republicans running besides President Trump seem irrelevant and b) Trump seems to be pretty known already. The names and faces that I think are less… Continue reading If you want to know more about the 2020 presidential candidates

I don’t know what to think about cancel culture

The idea and realities of cancel culture have been running around a little in my head recently. Usually when I think about these questions, I can usually come to some kind of conclusion about what I think, but the only thing I really feel about cancel culture is that it seems to be getting out… Continue reading I don’t know what to think about cancel culture

Four of my friends talk about songs that mean something to them

When I asked my friends to write about a song they love, I mostly just wanted them to write my blog post for me, but dude, they really came through. Maybe a little too much. Just kidding! Thanks guys. This is awesome. An editorial note before we start: 1) Everybody has a pen name except… Continue reading Four of my friends talk about songs that mean something to them