What Does Rest Look Like?

Comment held a symposium, asking writers how they are working at rest this summer. It’s worth reading. For instance, here’s Norman Wirzba: The opposite of rest is not activity but restlessness. That is, I need to rest so I can calm down and discern how the world around me is a place of so much beauty [Read More...]

Life, Death, and Vegetables

Over at Art House America, Christie Purifoy writes about life, death, and . . . vegetables: I look forward to the beets for weeks and then, inevitably, I ignore them for a moment only to find that they have grown to the size of softballs and must be fed to the chickens. I tell myself they are [Read More...]

Become a Better Online Reader

At the New Yorker, Maria Konnikova looks at how to become a better online reader: In new research that she and her colleagues will present for the first time at the upcomingconference of the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media, in Torino, Italy, Mangen is finding that that may indeed be the case. [Read More...]

Don’t Fight the Road

At In Earnest, Jane Clark writes about discovering, on a road trip through Southern California, that it’s actually more fun to drive the speed limit . . . and considers why: This is counter-intuitive on every level. First of all, the speed limit is the rule, and following rules usually seems less fun than bending or breaking [Read More...]


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