1.Don’t pickle thing. I started to formulate something similar in my mind after throwing away nice samples that I “saved” but this advice is more memorable and sticky.
2. Racism in photography changed because of chocolate and furniture — not the people that it misrepresented. Another example of humans being horrible to each other.
3. Inspiration for non-linear career path.
4. Minor shift in perception from a bookseller to reading experience seller has revolutionized Canada’s largest bookstore, Indigo.
5. Maybe I’ll join the retirees migrating back to Manhattan when I retire by not leaving the city at all.
6. Perhaps I should give myself more than 30 min before bed to enjoy the book.
John Gardner, the literary critic, wrote that the job of the novelist is to create a “vivid and continuous dream” for the reader, but I’d somehow developed a case of readerly sleep apnea. I’d gotten into the habit of consuming novels so fitfully that I was all but sealed off from their pleasures. It was as if I’d been watching movies in a special buffering-only mode, or listening to music through the world’s balkiest Bluetooth headphones.
7. This piece makes me re-think what an estate sale really is.
I believe that the physical things you collect as you move through your life…add up to something more than their individual utility or aesthetic appeal or heirloom potential….t is a physical autobiography you write by living.
You’re the centrifuge holding all of this stuff together, the sun at the center of your universe of physical objects.