Worth the Time

Last winter, I wrote about how the Kindle Fire had found a special role for me as a curated content device. I’ve since moved on to a Google Nexus 7, which I like very much, and should get around to writing some thoughts about. But the idea is the same — it is a device that I restrict to only the content I send it’s way. The Kindle app, Instapaper, and the Logos Bible app are my most used apps by far. There is no email, Twitter or Facebook.

I didn’t know it when I wrote that post a year ago, but 2012 has shaped up to be a busy year, and I’ve been blessed to help me have a device that would allow me more attention to sit with books and longer articles I’d saved to Instapaper. I’ve grown both in need and desire to sit with longer thoughts, whether they be the ones that I was developing, or following those developed by others. This resonated when I read The Slow Web which Jack Cheng post last summer, and which I’ve seen countless mentions of since.

All that serves as a long introduction to a list of links I’ve been collecting. These are some of the articles I’ve read over the last month or two that are worth your attention. They should be read in a cozy space with a warm cup of coffee nearby. (If you don’t like coffee, then go learn to like it first. All of your reading will be more meaningful once you do.) Most of them were tossed into Instapaper from Twitter or Facebook. I can’t properly credit who originally posted them at this point, but if you recognize something you linked to, thanks!

What matters more to my kids’ future: Their school or quality time with their parents? – The Washington Post
Great read if you are a parent, or planning to be one. And even if neither of those or true, there is enough in here to stir reflection about your own values.

Why Pushing Right is Harder than Pushing Left | Blog | Theology Matters
A thoughtful piece on why many tend to be more comfortable challenging thinking in a way that goes left rather than right. Written from the perspective of theology, but I think it applies to politics and beyond.

Wendell Berry | John J. Miller
Speaking of left and right, why is it that people of both persuasions seem to like Wendell Berry so much?

The trouble with atheists: a defence of faith | Books | The Guardian
“Every Sunday I say and do my best to mean the whole of the Creed, which is a series of propositions. But it is still a mistake to suppose that it is assent to the propositions that makes you a believer. It is the feelings that are primary. I assent to the ideas because I have the feelings; I don’t have the feelings because I’ve assented to the ideas.”

The Smallest Way Forward | Brian Bailey
Brian lives in Austin, and even though I’ve only spent about two minutes with him face to face, I’d like to consider him a friend. What he writes here reminds me why.

Is the Internet Making Us Crazy? What the New Research Says – Newsweek and The Daily Beast
After you read this, you’ll want to give more attention to longer reads in a cozy spot with a cup of coffee.

Movie: Jiro Dreams of Sushi Amazon Prime | Netflix
Yes, this one’s a movie, not a read. But it’s subtitled, so it’s like reading.