“To work as hard as possible, and then, when you think you’re done, to work just a little bit harder. To know that if it feels “right” it may actually be completely wrong, and that if it feels “wrong” it may be completely right. There’s no governing principle to any of this except that strange instinct and feeling within yourself that you simply have to learn to trust, but which is always unreliably changing. To create something for people who have not been born yet. To pay attention to how it actually feels to be alive, to the lies you tell yourself and others. Not to overreach—but also not to get too comfortable with your own work. To avoid giving in to either self-doubt or self-confidence, depending on your leaning, and especially to resist giving over your opinion of yourself to others—which means not to seek fame or recognition, which can restrain rather than open your possibility for artistic development. With all this in mind, not to expect anything and to be grateful for any true, non-exploitative opportunity that presents itself, however modest. And to understand that being able to say “I don’t know what to do with my life” is an incredible privilege that 99% of the rest of the world will never enjoy.”—Work Hard and Be Kind: An Interview with Chris Ware
n. the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place, as maladapted to your society as a seal on the beach—lumbering, clumsy, resting often, easily distracted, huddled in the presence of other misfits—unable to recognize the nearby ambient roar of your intended habitat, in which you’d be fluidly, brilliantly, effortlessly at home.
"For more than 30 consecutive Thanksgivings — including this one — I’ve written about turkey in all of its guises. Occasionally I’ve protested, pleading with editors that although the bird in its wild form may be traditional and is indisputably indigenous, whether the one you buy is free-range, wild, natural, organic, pumped up with antibiotics or even injected with “butter,” it’s just about the worst piece of meat you can roast.
At the hands of all but the most experienced, careful or lucky cooks, the more than 700 million pounds of turkey we’ll buy this week will wind up with breast meat that’s cottony-dry and leg meat that is underdone, tough, stringy or all three. And although a friend of mine claims that this is how people like it — “it’s exactly how our grandmothers did it, and it’s what we grew up with,” he says — I believe this explains why we waste an estimated $282 million worth of turkey each year, enough to feed each food-insecure American with 11 servings.”
"Many of us would balk at the idea of going a year without sex, but that is nothing compared with the longest dry spell in the animal kingdom.
In freshwater ponds around the world live tiny animals called bdelloid rotifers. As a group, they have not had sex for somewhere between 40 and 100 million years.
The bdelloids (pronounced with a silent b) are apparently the only group of animals to have abandoned sex for such a long time. They live in an all-female world in which mothers give birth to daughters who are genetically identical clones. No males have ever been found. In this respect they are unique. Many animals, including aphids, sharks and Komodo dragons, can reproduce asexually from time to time but sex is still their default setting. Only a smattering of animal species has gone completely down the asexual path and almost all of them have arisen relatively recently. Bdelloids are the tiniest twigs on a tree of life that is otherwise dominated by sex.
There is a good reason for this. Sex has many important benefits that are not abandoned lightly. Giving up these benefits is a poor long-term strategy and one typically rewarded with extinction. The bdelloids are the exceptions that prove the rule. Despite their unusual lifestyles, they have not only avoided extinction but they positively flourish. Today, there are more than 300 species all over the world. In the past few years, scientists have finally discovered some of the secrets that underlie their success. They have evolved ways of achieving all the evolutionary benefits of sex without actually doing the deed.”