Other People’s Words #12
Posted on September 25th, 2011
Reading material for the week:
- ‘Approximately 3 minutes in the head of my 2 year old‘ is the funniest thing I read this week.
- The weight of a good notebook. How many of us are guilty of doing this, buying fancy notebooks that we’re way too intimidated to write in?
- Cramming for college at Beijing’s second high. Ever wondered what it’s like to be a high school student at an elite Beijing school? One word: pressure.
- To keep but not be kept is about the writer’s experience as an Asian lady dating a Caucasian man while living in Shanghai, the mecca of China living expats.
He was no longer the boyfriend whose home I shared, the journalist whose dedication and drive kept me inspired, the man who scratched my back through entire seasons of “The Sopranos.” In that moment, he was just a laowai, another foreigner in China taking home an Asian woman like a souvenir.
- I love looking at beautiful things, and I love reading beautiful quotes. Gens du Monde happens to feature both in good doses.
- I know everyone looks at those people in Starbucks, intently typing away and thinks: Pooh, posers. But the truth is, I really do write better and more productively in coffee shops. This article in The Atlantic explains why: Working best at coffee shops.
Put in a silent room before a blank page, it’s almost impossible to write. Neither is it be ideal to work near a television set that keeps drawing one’s attention or a room where a child keeps interrupting. In a coffeehouse, its rare for someone to intrude on the space of a patron with an open laptop and a look of concentration. Still, there is just enough conversation and foot traffic in the background that you’re forced to semi-consciously tune it out.