Thoroughly Thursday - the "Malibu is on Fire" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Malibu is on Fire Edition. Fires brought the world’s attention to California this last week. Just days after a horrific shooting in Thousand Oaks, hundreds were forced to evacuate their homes in the surrounding communities as wildfires spread uncontrollably. My daughters’ science camp burned down, and our favorite beach at one point was a refuge for hundreds of people and animals as flames raged in the hillsides. We were lucky in both that we were far from the tragedy and that all our friends from those areas are safe. But, many were not so fortunate.
If you or someone you know would like to help the victims of the Woosley, Hill or Camp Fires, here are some ways to give support. Also, a big shout-out to the many, many Airbnb owners who put up the evacuees during the crisis, and of course, to the firefighters from all around the State who risked their lives to keep others safe.
What I’m Reading - Type-A Napping
I’m really enjoying Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s book Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less. As I’m sure you are aware, we live in a 24/7 world that gives a strong preference for working long hours. The advent of smartphones has exacerbated this trend, making the majority of us feel like amped-up spider monkeys trying to play a continuous game of Whack-A-Mole (or maybe this is just me). Pang says that individuals who realize that rest and leisure are necessary partners to work often succeed at their endeavors far better than those that try to stay “on” all the time. Combining accounts of the relaxation habits of our most famous achievers from history with the current scientific research on brain function, Rest builds the case that sometimes the best way to get ahead is to go for a walk.
What I’m Watching - Comedy Meets Carnivale
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Coby Brown released a beautiful new video that you seriously need to check out. The video stars Patton Oswalt (who looks like a grown Pugsly from the Addams Family) as a performer with a mysterious agenda. It is beautifully shot and the lyrical haziness of the vintage circus tents and revolving merry-go-round match the soft melody and voice of Brown, who stands like a patient angel just off to the side of the activity. Also, if you look quickly, you’ll recognize Robert Carradine of Revenge of the Nerds fame among the cast.
What I’m Reading (article) - A Letter of Beautiful Sorrow
Though he isn't active on social media, musician Nick Cave does keep a website called The Red Hand Files where he responds to fan questions. Being Nick Cave, these usually more profound than the usual “what’s your favorite song by Beyonce?” He touches on topics such as creative inspiration, his performance philosophy, and the MeToo movement. Recently, he wrote a beautiful open letter to a fan on his experience of grief and redemption after the death of his son, Arthur.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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P.P.S. Tim Ferriss talks with "Seth Godin on Saying “No,” Market Like a Professional, and Win at Life." I’ve had multiple people mention this podcast episode to me this last week, which I have to admit was really good.
P.P.P.S. I'm always on the lookout for new items to write about. If you notice something that you think would be worth sharing, send it my way.