"Hikikomori is a coping strategy activated in response to the excessive pressure of social realization typical of modern individualistic societies."—Marco Crepaldi, "What Hikikomori Is and What Isn't?" hikikomoriitalia.it. Apparently, the hikikimori phenomena is spreading to other countries such as Italy and the United States.
"So maybe it’s time to pivot back to fanzine. Pivot to local underground newspaper. Pivot to supermarket circular. Pivot back to listservs and anonymous blogspots. Pivot to a publication for teenage girls that doesn’t die because it refused to be an app and a vehicle for selling things to an elusive and valuable market. Pivot … Continue reading Pazz & Jop: So, Are Women Here Yet? | Village Voice
"Loneliness is what the internet and social media claim to alleviate, though they often have the opposite effect. Communion can be hard to find, not because we aren’t occupying the same physical space but because we aren’t occupying the same mental plane: we don’t read the same news; we don’t even revel in the same … Continue reading Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction
"To future historians, nothing will explain our behaviour, except a mass outbreak of ergotism caused by contaminated rye?... The Unabomber had been right about everything! Well, not all of it. The Unabomber stuff he had gotten wrong. But that stuff about the Industrial Revolution had been right on the money." —Patricia Lockwood, "The Communal Mind." … Continue reading The Communal Mind by Patricia Lockwood
"The most likely suggestion is that it comes from a monogram made of the first three letters of the Greek name for Jesus. In Greek, “Jesus” is ΙΗΣΟΥΣ in uppercase letters and Ἰησοῦς in lower. The first three letters (iota, eta, and sigma) form a monogram, or graphic symbol, written as either IHS or IHC … Continue reading The ‘H’ in ‘Jesus H. Christ’ — Grammarphobia
Elisa Albert writes about her adopted hometown, Albany, NY. Disaffected stream-of-consciousness reflections that are funny, if you like your commentary a little dark. Not for everyone, but what is? Part 1: Spring Part 2: Winter Part 3: Summer Don't feel the need to be chronological; start with Summer.
Discussion about books that have changed people's perspective, starting with original poster's experience with Freakonomics. Quite a few interesting book recommendations in this thread. A few recommendations I liked include: Peter Watson's Ideas, Jonathan Haidt's Righteous Mind, Donald Norman's The Design of Everyday Things, Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication, Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi, and Bruce … Continue reading What Books Changed the Way You Think About Almost Everything? | Hacker News