I've been working on a few decks this past week and they are currently hot off the press, so it's been a very busy weekend. I received this adorable mustache bottle opener from Jonathan Adler Home yesterday in the mail; not that I need another bottle opener, but who could say no to a brass mustache? I have also been working on a lot of wall + art + frame projects lately. I got these beautiful wooden and mother-of-pearl frames from a local shop in town and I have been filling them with the really fun postcards that I picked up from the MoMa last week.
What am I reading?
- I was sent this Adam Shatz lecture reporting on the Middle East, which is definitely worth a read. "When I started out, I didn’t have the confidence about my identity that I displayed that day with Ghada. And I had not yet learned to listen; I still took words, ideological formulas, slogans at face value. Around the time that I met Ghada, I interviewed Hussam Khader, a Fatah leader in the Balata refugee camp. Hussam, like Ghada, had spent a number of years in Israeli prisons. He told me that he was sure that in time—maybe twenty years, maybe fifty, maybe a hundred—they, the Jews, would all go back to wherever they came from, and all of Palestine would be free. A few minutes later, he spoke of his hopes for co-existence and offered, as proof, the example of his own friendships with members of the Knesset. What did Khader actually believe? Does it matter? Aren’t we all contradictory in our aspirations and beliefs—particularly if, as in Khader’s case, an ocean lies between our desires and our power to fulfill them? Doesn’t this paradox, this floating between the dream of recovering historical Palestine and the dreary and corrupt business of “peace processing” under occupation, tell you more about the Palestinian predicament than any speech, than any declaration of principles?"
- Also this piece in The New Yorker called Collective Punishment in Gaza" here.
- Sam Harris's take on the Israel/Palestine conflict here
It's been a heavy week for our world, so here are some lighter pieces that I have been reading this week that I felt were worth sharing too.
- I really enjoyed this piece in the NYT titled, How Not to Be Alone. "...We live in a world made up more of story than stuff. We are creatures of memory more than reminders, of love more than likes. Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be messy, and painful, and almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die."
- The Pope shares his top 10 tips on happiness here
- One of my favorite companies, Uber, is expanding with new travel expense tools and Concur integration here, which seems like a very natural and awesome integration
- New VC fund Binary Capital just raised an impressive $125mm in less than three and a half months. The fund will be used to fund early-stage consumer companies
- Seth Bannon's powerful and moving piece about his mistakes in his start-up and what he has learned along the way
- House-DJ superstar Nicolas Jaar releases two new tracks every Sunday here