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With March Madness in full swing, I’ve thought about the 1996 movie Kazaam where Shaquille O'Neal plays a genie more often than I care to admit.
If I had a magic lamp, and was granted three wishes, my first wish would be, of course, to have unlimited wishes. If you don't have that as your first wish you are a damned fool, however, I digress. My second wish would be to employ some sort of ethereal copy editor in my mind who follows my thoughts, making sure I check myself before I wreck myself, avoiding topical errors and grammar flubs. This brings me to an apology.
In last week’s edition of What You Should Read (Hot Sauce on Your Inner Monologue), I made an ignorant mistake. In reference to the Lisa Frank executive profile, I referred to her school supplies as “stationary” rather than “stationery.” I shook my fist to the heavens shortly after sending the newsletter to my 61 readers. The disgraceful misuse of diction will not happen again, if I can help it.
Being conscientious and ostentatiously self-aware can be your greatest asset, but left to idle hands, this robust inner recognition we strive to prune can spiral into second-guessing and a plate full of waffling. I try to pair hyper vigilance with confidence as much as possible.
Several of this week’s reads demonstrated the value of reflection and self-awareness. Here’s What You Should Read:
- Angelina Jolie is removing more body parts in her personal crusade to avoid hereditary cancer including something we are all predisposed to – mortality. People believe she’s a brave role model for doing this voluntary surgery, which is a valid interpretation because she’s encouraging women everywhere to know they have options. After her latest op-ed, which explains her decision to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, this choice crystallized as a super privilegesaved for the super wealthy. With money, it seems people are trying to control the uncontrollable, and they might be pretty successful. My one response to Jolie's article was, "What about people who can’t afford this elevated health care and foresight?" (The New York Times)
- Here’s a fun experiment: Next time you’re at a bar, think about how you could be the best Wing Woman or Wing Man to an unassuming stranger. I was the recipient of this on Friday. It was so great that I wrote my first Missed Connections to the Cool Girl who said I had a “ride-or-die” attitude.(Deakhaus/Craigslist)
- You should love Fran Lebowitz. You should also be very afraid of Fran Lebowitz. This was one of the most entertaining interviews I’ve ever read, particularly for her acerbic commentary on curating personal style.
- Lebowitz on Brooks Brothers: “Say, 'We will no longer be making our excellent Brooks Brothers cotton shirts that we made for 5,000 years. We're going to change them in some awful way. We're alerting you so you can buy a lifetime supply.' Shirts don't go bad, they're not peaches.” (Elle)
- Your radical self-vigilance needs to be sustained. I want you to know that these sandwiches exist and they could be yours. (Bon Appetit)
- I recently joined the love and following of Soul Cycle, the very well branded and intense spin workout/experience. During a plant-based meal, a friend very poignantly made the analogy that Soul Cycle is the Umami of workouts. Umami is that fifth taste, often characterized as “meaty” or inherently satisfying. The next day, I read an article on the elusive nature of Umami in the American Zeitgeist, and how the founder of Umami Burger developed his recipe. (The New Yorker)
It made me ask the question: how can I add more Umami to my life? What will make iteven more satisfying than it already is?
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