My favourite piece this week was by Anya Cordell, recipient of the 2010 Spirit of Anne Frank Award, who imagines what Anne Frank would say to the growing anti-Muslim sentiments in the US:
“When I hear the presumptions about all Muslims these days, I, a Jewish woman, silently substitute “all Jews” and then I know how terrifying and incendiary this language is, because we’ve already seen how these scenes play out, in all too horrific reality.”
“The more we’re told we’re becoming readers of blogs, of texts, of tweets, of files the more committing to a big book feels like an act of resistance. To pick up a novel in excess of 600 pages is to tell oneself, “I am going to spend twenty-four to forty-eight hours of my life with a book, rather than the newspaper, the internet, or the smartphone. I am going to feel it in my muscles. ”
On a personal level I have just become a complete Kindle convert and have found it much easier to read long books as the e-reader is so light to carry around. I love that you can highlight your favourite parts and make notes electronically, as I could never bring myself to write in books, and that you can pre-order books and they are wirelessly delivered on publication date – its magic ;
– a new study finds that money can buy you happiness, up to a point, up to $75,000 actually;
– Zen habits also offers up a brief guide to life which can be summed up as “Smile, breath, and go slowly.”
So take their very good advice, smile, breathe and savour your weekend.