"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
"How would you react if your company made a slight change to your bonuses this year. Instead of receiving your usual 1% or 10% bonus, depending on your industry, what if your boss said you had to donate that money to a charity or that you had to spend that money on your fellow coworkers? … Continue reading If You Want to Be Happy, Spend Your Bonus On Your Coworkers | Jeremiah Stanghini
Identify what you don’t understand (maybe the most important one) Have confidence in your knowledge Ask questions Do research ...Taking a bit of extra time to take a piece of knowledge that you’re pretty sure of (“there are 65535 ports, Wikipedia said so”) and make it totally ironclad (“that’s because the port field in the … Continue reading How to Teach Yourself Hard Things
A former Russian Count is confined to a luxury hotel after the Russian Revolution. He lives there for a long time, and even in his confinement, life finds him. Even as a fictional character, he's a pleasant person to spend time with. Touching story that brought tears to my eyes a few times. Quite a … Continue reading Book Recommendation: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles