Writing is an intellectual contact sport, similar insome respects to football. The effort required can beexhausting, the goal unreached, and you are hurt onalmost every play; but that doesn’t deprive a man ora boy from getting peculiar pleasures form thegame.” The Silent Season of a Hero, Gay Talese Continue reading Is writing a contact sport?
I was saddened by the passing of young and exciting new designer Virgil Abloh. He was so young and fresh in his thinking about pop culture and how it intersected with fashion. I had met him a while ago at the launch of the Apple Watch, and we talked about sneakers and pop culture. It … Continue reading Tourists vs Purists
I get bored easily—no less with my own ideas than with those of others. Writing for me is a process of constantly throwing out stuff that doesn’t seem interesting enough. Janet Malcolm Janet Malcolm, a writer for The New Yorker, and author of several books, passed away last week. Malcolm was known for her, how … Continue reading Janet Malcolm on writing, journalism
Nine years ago yesterday, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, died. He is gone, but never far from my mind. I am not alone, for all the right reasons. I often think about him and his approach to products. And not to mention some great quotes and wisdom he left behind in his many interviews. I wrote The … Continue reading Still thinking about Steve
Time redefines our horizons
A friend recently shared this paragraph from Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal. I was reminded of this when I lay in bed thinking about the past 72-hours and my parents. It is pretty clear how the pandemic has changed everything for all of us. And if anything, we should start appreciating the frail nature of … Continue reading Time redefines our horizons
Ford vs. Ferrari (Le Mans 66) Review: Fast & Fantastic.
Let’s get one thing out of the way — I love car racing, especially the European kind. And I love racing movies. So no surprise, that when invited to a private screening of the forthcoming Ford vs. Ferrari film hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and Code Advisors — I couldn’t pass up the chance. I am usually … Continue reading Ford vs. Ferrari (Le Mans 66) Review: Fast & Fantastic.
What you really love
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” Rumi Continue reading What you really love
Be your own measure
And to measure yourself against no one but yourself. Raise your standards as often as you can, but not because someone else you chose out of the lineup of success is somehow ahead of you. — Seth Godin This has been a mantra for most of my life, and when I deviate from this thinking, … Continue reading Be your own measure
To Feel Alive
To feel without inhibition, without cynicism, without jadedness, without the incessant need to find humor, to trivialize, to share, or to otherwise subdue an emotion; to allow unbridled emotion the power and the opportunity to subdue you, is what it takes—at least for me—to not just be alive, but to feel alive. Guy Tal. Continue reading To Feel Alive
Dieter Rams on what really is a designer
A designer who wants to achieve good design must not regard himself as an artist who, according to taste and aesthetics, is merely dressing-up products with a last-minute garment. The designer must be the ‘gestaltingenieur’ or creative engineer. They synthesise the completed product from the various elements that make up its design. Their work is … Continue reading Dieter Rams on what really is a designer