The Fab Five, John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, the epidemic of worry, new tunes and more

Arts & Culture Twenty-five years after the Fab Five, big-time colleges still short-change their stars They never won anything but the Fab Five – the so-called greatest recruiting class of all time — broke fashion trends. They took after Michael Jordan and wore baggy shorts, shaved their heads, and replaced their white socks with black. …

Newsletter: Continuous partial attention

web gems More than a hundred years ago, the father of modern neuroscience, Santiago RamĂłn y Cajal used his skills as an artist to illustrate the neuron doctrine, proving that information is the output of messy internal wiring provided by the brain’s chemical synchronicity. Posted three years ago but this is still one of my favorite John …

Losing our edge

Being weird used to be lonely. But then the Internet happened. It connected the vinyl collectors, the sneakerheads, and the want-to-be Romance novelists. They came together, competed, collaborated, cheered each other on while a select few took their micro, macro until their weird became the new standard. “Success blurs. It rounds off the rough edges.” …

Rough around the edges

Things are more interesting and potentially more truthful around the edges. This applies to anyone, from politicians to musicians. Politicians that speak the truth become outsiders. But politicians who abuse the ‘outsider’ status to pander to populist voters squander their authenticity. They can be as thoughtful as Bernie Sanders or as morally corrupt and downright offensive as Trump. Truth is in …