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Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With

Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With
Ever finished a book? I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering consciousness? You take a breath, deep from the bottom of your lungs and sit there. Book in both hands, your head staring down at the cover, back page or wall in front of you. You’re grateful, thoughtful, pensive. Like falling in love with a stranger you will never see again, you ache with the yearning and sadness of an ended affair, but at the same time, feel satisfied. This type of reading, according to TIME magazine’s Annie Murphy Paul, is called “deep reading,” a practice that is soon to be extinct now that people are skimming more and reading less. Readers, like voicemail leavers and card writers, are now a dying breed, their numbers decreasing with every GIF list and online tabloid. They can entertain other ideas, without rejecting them and still retain their own. Did you ever see your ex with a book? It’s no surprise that readers are better people.

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Writing no longer buys a champagne lifestyle When people ask me what I do for a living, I often have to think for a moment. A few years ago, it was simple – I was a journalist, working as a staffer for a regional newspaper group and earning, if not a fortune, certainly enough to keep me in high heels and sauvignon blanc. Today, having been freelance for four and a half years, the picture is less clear cut. While I still write features, I also take on subediting work, copywriting, a bit of media consultancy, training and lecturing – I even did a postgraduate certificate in education a few years back, to facilitate this diversity. Having a portfolio career suits me, and it's increasingly becoming a necessity in a market where it is less and less easy for writers to earn a living. A recent report from the Authors Licensing and Collecting Service revealed that 58% of well-established freelance magazine and newspaper journalists earn less than £8,000 from their writing – just under half the minimum income standard in the UK.

Who wrote this amazing, mysterious book satirizing tech startup culture? A mysterious little book called Iterating Grace is floating around San Francisco right now. At least a dozen people have received the book in the mail—or in my case, by secret hand-delivery to my house. (Which is a little creepy.) The artifact itself consists of a 2,001-word story interspersed with hand-drawn recreations of tweets by venture capitalists and startup people like Chris Sacca, Paul Graham, Brad Feld, Sam Altman, and others. The story’s lead character, Koons Crooks, goes on a spiritual quest by contemplating the social media feeds emanating from the startup world. It leads him to a Bolivian volcano and a chillingly hilarious final act with some cans of cat food, a DIY conference badge, and a pack of vicuñas (which are sort of like llamas).

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Nietzsche’s 10 Rules for Writers by Maria Popova “Style ought to prove that one believes in an idea; not only that one thinks it but also feels it.” More than a century before Elmore Leonard’s ten rules of writing inspired similar sets of commandments by Neil Gaiman, Zadie Smith, and Margaret Atwood, one of humanity’s greatest minds did precisely that. Between August 8 and August 24 of 1882, Friedrich Nietzsche set down ten stylistic rules of writing in a series of letters to the Russian-born writer, intellectual, and psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé — a woman celebrated as the “muse of Europe’s fin-de-siècle thinkers and artists,” to whom Rainer Maria Rilke would later come to write breathtaking love letters. Smitten with 21-year-old Andreas-Salomé, Nietzsche decided to make her not only his intellectual protégé, but also his wife, allegedly proposing marriage at only their second meeting earlier that year. Collected under the heading “Toward the Teaching of Style,” they read:

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Why I’m looking beyond the English lexicon for the word that doesn’t exist When even our expansive lexicon fails me, I look beyond my mother tongue. “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world” and all that. Other cultures have pinpointed human experiences which the English language has yet to name. The Japanese have “forest bathing” (shinrin-yoku), the Germans “grief-bacon” (kummerspeck).