Friction writing, Ethan Hawke, free speech, feckless leadership and more
Seven links to worthwhile thin(g/k)s
Hello dear reader,
My gratitude is with you for entrusting me with your time, however short or long. My gratitude also extends to those of you on Instagram who lifted me past the 10k mark this week. To some it’s a silly IG milestone, to others it’s an exaggerated self-aggrandizement. To me, it’s a sweet moment to thank you for welcoming me into your circle, and to reflect on what Albert Camus reminds us is at the core of such fellowship:
“When I was young I asked more of people than they could give: everlasting friendship, endless feeling.
Now I know to ask less of them than they can give: a straightforward companionship. And their feelings, their friendship, their generous actions seem in my eyes to be wholly miraculous: a consequence of grace alone.”
And now, onward together! Here are seven links to bits of the world I have been exploring this week, shared with the hope that you will find them to be an inspiring springboard for deeper thinking.
Do we absolutely disagree? In emphasizing that disagreements in America may not be as deep as the pockets of people making money from encouraging hatred and division, Alan Jacobs explores free speech—an arena packed with disagreement, or so we assume.
I, Phone by Choire Sicha: "[T]he educational system on which they were told to stake their hopes and identities was actually a one-two K–12 punch of compliance training and debt consumership. Their health care system is an extortionist sham, their democracy a gerrymander of grifts and kleptocracies that have—until quite recently, perhaps?—succeeded in convincing a sizable percentage of US citizens that they do not matter.” (Italics added.)
The shape of stories, as graphed by Kurt Vonnegut
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