Some of my favourite things this week – have a good weekend.
– Daniel Akst wonders why Americans have become more lonely despite spending more time on social networks (and why I will never join Facebook) :
“Science-fiction writers make the best seers. In the late 1950s far-sighted Isaac Asimov imagined a sunny planet called Solaria, on which a scant 20,000 humans dwelt on far-flung estates and visited one another only virtually, by materializing as “trimensional images”—avatars, in other words. ‘They live completely apart,” a helpful robot explained to a visiting earthling, “and never see one another except under the most extraordinary circumstances.’ “
– Harvard Business School gives six keys to being excellent at anything. My favourite and the reason I changed career, “pursue what you love”;
– a reminder that even if you do become excellent, success does not come from what you own, but from who you become;
– I might be prepared to make an exception when it comes to owning books – some photos of the world’s most beautiful libraries;
– last week was the 90th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the US. It is incredible when you read the arguments that people had for not giving women the vote;
– close to home, The National Portrait Gallery in London has a new photography exhibition: An Englishman in New York.