Thursday, November 13, 2008

Zen Habits, Lost Years

what i am reading this week... 2 links i came across.

Zen Habits - a blog i came across a while ago. i subscribed to the feed, and this week, perked up, when i saw the latest entry titled "The Lazy Man's Guide to Getting Things Done". which isn't so much about lazyness. it's more about shifting the focus a bit, towards interesting thoughts. here some key lines: "Focus on being effective, instead of trying do everything perfectly. Let things slide, let your house get a little messy, let your desk be a little less than immaculate." and this: "Try to let things happen, instead of making them happen. Remember that a small rudder directs even the most giant ship." and this one: "The number one dream killer is doing what works. We follow a template of what has worked for other people. But just because climbing a corporate ladder works, it doesn’t mean it’s the best idea for you."

The Lost Years & Last Days of David Foster Wallace - an article in the Rolling Stone. long, and thoughtful. i printed the 11 pages, and read them this weekend. it's a tormenting and inspiring read, reflecting his live and personality: "David Foster Wallace worked surprising turns on nearly everything: novels, journalism, vacation. His life was an information hunt, collecting hows and whys. "I received 500,000 discrete bits of information today," he once said, "of which maybe 25 are important. My job is to make some sense of it." He wanted to write "stuff about what it feels like to live. Instead of being a relief from what it feels like to live." Readers curled up in the nooks and clearings of his style: his comedy, his brilliance, his humaneness."
and i just saw - Harpers Magazine put a page up with the articles Wallace wrote for them:
David Foster Wallace - In memoriam."

No comments: