Bookmarked: Pages Being Shared in the Picador Office
“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” James is watching David Foster Wallace’s “This is Water” commencement speech.
Shailyn is sharing New Inquiry’s piece on the history of Facebook’s “like.” But why “Like”? Why not “Love,” or “I agree,” or “This is awesome”?
Speaking as someone who emerged from high school without ever having read The Great Gatsby, Madeline got a kick out of these imagined alternate endings for the novel. The College Lit Mag Ending—too real.
Speaking of Gatsby, Angela found these tattoos.
Darin is reading Cathleen Schine’s new book Fin & Lady, coming soon from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. “Very fun! Very Auntie Mame.” Also, all this Gatsby hoopla is making him finally read Everybody Was So Young by Amanda Vail, about Gerald and Sara Murphy hanging out with F. Scott Fitzgerald in the French Riviera.
Gabrielle suggests two podcasts this week. The first is Marc Maron on The Nerdist because, seriously, why wouldn’t you listen? The other is a smart discussion on the future of libraries in the digital age.
A nation of junkies went cold turkey, and PJ is reading up on how the Huxleyan developments that scientists have made trying to artificially curb drug addiction have just caused wholly new, sometimes even more pervasive problems.