I’m not supposed to talk about Palestine.

And I could ignore it, if I wanted to. There’s plenty else to discuss. We’ve had a great week of weather in Chicago. There’s still a pandemic going on. 10% of the world’s California condor population has taken over an elderly woman’s house.

Reflections on a JCUA Training

These days, everyone has an opinion on antisemitism. Amidst this talk, however, are more questions than answers.

Is the threat of antisemitism — also known as anti-Jewish oppression — greater on the left or on the right? Is it antisemitic to criticize Israeli government policy or to support the Boycott…

Steve Jobs had some excellent advice about the importance of remembering that you’re going to die. The reason the advice is so good is that we’re always forgetting about death. Why is this?

Emily Temple explains it well on LitHub:

Okay, so we all accept that mortality is bearing down…

In Profound Reading, we dig deep into the most influential books ever written. We learn timeless and essential knowledge from the world’s greatest thinkers, and how to apply this wisdom to our lives.

This is the introduction to our first great book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval…

I read too many books.

It goes without saying that I read too many blogs, too many tweets, too many news articles.

But books, too? Do you read too many books?

Reading too many books is surely better than reading not enough.

However: maybe it’s not all that different.

Do you feel like this? If you love books, then probably.


How fast are you moving?

I read a tweet from James Altucher that said, “Life is not about moving forward. It’s about being comfortable standing still.”

This surprised me. I know that it’s important to rest and be still.

But more important than success? More important than achievement? More important than leaving a legacy?


Will it grow into a bird? Or will it be goo on some predator’s instep?

I can’t stop contributing to my 401(k).

Not “can’t stop” as in Miley Cyrus, I-can’t-stop-doing-E-it’s-so-much-fun.

Nope, it’s literally against the rules of the plan. Even merely reducing my contribution is not allowed.

How is this a thing?

Me: Hello, Comcast? I’d like to cancel my cable subscription.

Comcast: Actually, the…

You have no right to go around thinking you’re not already an artist.

Yes, you. The person reading this now.

When you were little, you probably learned, like I did, that an artist is someone who paints pretty pictures.

Or maybe your definition was more expansive. …

I read them all!

This was a tough exercise, but it was also a nice gift to myself for reading a lot this year! Plus it will give me a reference for what to re-read in the new year. Presented in no particular order.

Aaron Wolfson

Conducting weekly five-minute journeys down the twisting railways of my mind. Via email, of course: https://buttondown.email/aaronjacobwolfson

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