“Go to Old Delhi, and look at the way they keep chickens there in the market. Hundred of pale hens and brightly coloured roosters, stuffed tightly into wire-mesh cages. They see the organs of their brothers lying around them. They know they are next, yet they cannot rebel. They do not try to get out of the coop.
The very same thing is done with humans in this country.”Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
A remarkably prescient 24-year-old piece of writing from J.G. Ballard.Read more "J.G. Ballard’s introduction to Crash"
…sometimes it seems to me we’re living in a world that we fabricate for ourselves. We decide what’s good and what isn’t, we draw maps of meaning for ourselves…
And then we spend our whole lives struggling with what we have invented. The problem is that each of us has our own version of it, so people find it hard to understand each other.Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Olga Tokarczuk
Some thoughts on collective intelligence and the myth of the 10x individual.Read more "Collective intelligence and 10x individuals"
You don’t believe the sky is falling until a chunk of it falls on you.The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
Some thoughts on the unintended consequences of our tendency to only share our successes.Read more "Skewing reality"
The spider’s web is a home and a trap.There There, Tommy Orange
Toni Morrison on critical thinking, hope, and a reminder that we don’t have to accept the labels bestowed upon us by others.Read more "You are your own stories"
…he had answered “nothing”, that word we answer when we are thinking “everything”.On Heroes and Tombs, Ernesto Sabato
How I came to discover that my judgement is considerably worse than I thought, and what I think I’ve learned as a result.Read more "Lessons learned from failing to predict the future"