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"I will live for ever, or die in the attempt"
— Joseph Heller

Distraction Is Obesity Of The Mind

Conversation with writer Matthew Crawford about his book, The World Beyond Your Head, “a philosophical treatise on how to cope with modernity”, in which he argues that technology enables obsessive individualism with perverse results: “Individual choice has been fetishised to the point where we have thrown away many of the structures – family, church, community – that helped us to make good decisions, and handed power to corporations” (2,150 words)

Lucy Kellaway’s Thirtieth Anniversary

To spend thirty years with the same employer is a rare and admirable thing; like a thirty-year marriage, it shows that both sides chose wisely, and made the relationship work. Once upon a time lifelong employment might have implied that the employee was too dull-witted to find a better job; but nowadays most workplaces act fast to get rid of their dullards. If you hold your job, it means you are good at it (868 words)

Tough, Cheap And Real: Detroit

“The new Detroit shines downtown. Nearby areas like Corktown and Midtown radiate energy. But around this incandescence skulks the old Detroit, acres of decay and ruin, prairies where the remaining houses stand aloof from each other. Glass is gone from a million windows, like eyes absent from faces. The Detroiters I met have faith in even an uncertain future. It’s what defines them. Those who couldn’t summon hope left long ago” (4,275 words)

Ghanaian Hustle

A visit to Suame Magazine, the Shenzhen of Ghana’s informal economy — “a 20-mile stretch of wooden sheds, half-finished concrete factories, open-air workshops, foundries that turn scrap metal into grinding plates for flour mills and ore crushers for gold miners. There are five-foot heaps of rusting excavator parts, hundreds of stores piled high with spare parts. Every so often there’s a three-storey heap of carefully piled truck cabs” (1,500 words)

How To Be As Great As Elon Musk

A Quora visitor asks: “How can I be as great as Elon Musk?” Justine Musk, Elon Musk’s first wife, steps up to reply. The key thing is to be obsessed with your work. “Extreme people combine brilliance and talent with an insane work ethic, so if the work itself doesn’t drive you, you will burn out or fall by the wayside or your extreme competitors will crush you and make you cry. It helps to have superhuman energy and stamina” (820 words)

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