February 2021

The score at the beginning of the ninth

Love this definition of democracy by E.B. White: [Democracy] is the line that forms on the right. It is the don’t in don’t shove. It is the hole in the stuffed shirt through which the sawdust slowly trickles; it is the dent in the high hat. Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half…more

Individuals that are part of something

The real politics of the future is going to have to square the circle. It’s going to have to allow you to still feel that you are an individual and in control of your own destiny… Its roots are going to lie in two places: one is the fusion of keeping the idea of individualism…more

Why small talk matters

Small talk builds relationships because it says “I care more about you than being productive.” David Perell

The beauty of the struggle

When we play games, we can pursue a goal, not for its own value, but for the value of the struggle. Thus, playing games involves a motivational inversion from normal life. We adopt an interest in winning temporarily, so we can experience the beauty of the struggle. Games offer us a temporary experience of life…more