On food: I would eat Thai if there’s good outdoor seating at the restaurant, but if there’s not, I would actually love to eat some pizza but only if there are vegan options. Wait, you know what I actually want? Subway.
But actually. I feel like I suffer from decision paralysis in this city every single time I want to go somewhere or eat something.
So I finally started the task of unsubscribing to newsletters and things because I was sick of just deleting all of these emails that I never open. I eventually get to etsy and even though I love that site I just didn’t need daily updates on the latest items.
Then this happens…
and then this…
god damn. If there is one way to guilt me into staying with your newsletters it’s by using sad cat and awesome 80’s jamz. I totally went back and signed up again. You win this time etsy!
“What use is a Wall Street trader or a nebbishy journalist in a time of a possible natural disaster? What you need is a strong, muscled type, someone who can hold a roof over your head in case it blows away in the wind (the roof), a man who has waist-high waders and a jolly laugh, and perhaps a few scars, a man who will not bogart your Xanax, nor feel conflicted about drinking water from a stream running down the Bowery. Where can you find such a man? We hear there are a lot in North Carolina.”—
my friend stephan’s ode to a bookstore. i’ve always been a barnes & noble devotee, but i totally empathize with everything he says here. b&n was THE hangout when i was in high school, and i’d be devastated if it ever closed.
The story of one girl’s mission to bring people together everywhere by eliminating small talk forever. This American Life producer Starlee Kine has been going around lecturing audiences on the subject. She encourages them to switch to a new system she’s invented, called The Rundown. Recorded at The Little Gray Book Lectures at the Galapagos Art Space in New York City. Thanks to Sheila Heti and the Trampoline Hall Lecture Series. (6 minutes)
now, i despise small talk, but i’m not *quite* this bold.
“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”—
“Since 1992 the Innocence Project, an American legal charity, has used DNA evidence to help exonerate 271 people who were wrongly convicted of crimes, sometimes after they had served dozens of years in prison. But a mystery has emerged from the case reports. Despite being innocent, around a quarter of these people had confessed or pleaded guilty to the offences of which they were accused.”—
this is a REALLY interesting phenomenon. it’s similar to behavior you see in some OCD patients, who feel compulsively guilty for things they haven’t done or scared that they’ve done something bad, even when they know they haven’t. wonder if the two are related somehow?
NEW YORK — Families of autistic children have a new place to engage their sons and daughters — Broadway.
The Theatre Development Fund, a nonprofit organization focused on providing access to live theater, announced Wednesday it will present an autism-friendly performance of “The Lion King.”
The Oct. 2 matinee of the long-running musical at the Minskoff Theatre will be slightly altered to make those with autism more comfortable, including cutting jarring sounds and strobe lights.
“We are so excited about this and, at the same time, I’m apprehensive because no one has ever done this before,” said Lisa Carling, the director of the fund’s accessibility program. “No one knows what the effect will be when you put 500 to 600 children and adults on the autism spectrum in an over-1,600-seat theater.”
Three quiet areas with beanbag chairs and coloring books, staffed by autism experts, will be created inside the theater for those who might feel overwhelmed. Ticket prices have also been reduced, with the top seats going for $79, down from the top range of $133.