I have some exciting job news to share! Or rather, no job news: I’ve recently left Atavist Books to take some time off and re-evaluate my next move. Why? Five reasons:
- Design Observer‘s interview with the artist Jonathan Harris: his ideas of connectivity and finding “flow” rang true to a very personal degree. He’s also inspired a critical look at what kind of work I’d like to be doing. (See also “Navigating Stuckness.”)
- A re-read of Matthew B. Crawford’s Shop Class as Soulcraft. I recommend this to anyone and everyone who will listen to me. I fucking love this book.
- Mark Manson’s “10 Life Lessons to Excel in Your 30s”: I’m a little embarrassed to admit how much this list-based article moved me. Even now, reading it for the fourth time, I nod along like a bobblehead to almost every paragraph.
- Pretty much every interview with Stefan Sagmeister.
- David Brooks’s concept of “eulogy values” versus “résumé values.” Pretty self-explanatory. I have a weakness for framing my long-term thinking in careerist terms, even though I’m not much of a careerist. It’s time to spend more time cultivating eulogy values.
Is this a financially sound decision? Perhaps not. Will this be personally fulfilling? I think so. As you can guess from the links above, I’ve been casting a critical eye on how I might create more value with my work.
Of course, I’m not spending my days in a bathrobe, binging on HBO GO. My trivia book with Chronicle proceeds apace, and I’m thrilled to be freelancing with W. W. Norton on digital marketing and advertising for Michael Lewis’s Flash Boys. (Read it. It’s great.)
I’m also working on two very exciting large endeavors… which I can’t talk about quite yet. But trust me: exciting. I can talk about Laser Didion, which is coming to BEA on Saturday the 31st. Hit me up for details.