Curated Notes: Content Compilation for June 2017

Curated Notes are an ongoing compilation of books, articles, videos, and other information related to personal development, simple living, and more. Consider it discovered content I've lingered on and believe to be worth sharing. See more here. 

I consume a large amount of information each day on a diverse range of topics from design and culture to business and politics.

Upon reading a particularly enlightening piece of content I'd save the link for future reference however would never actually return to it.

After accumulating thousands of links I decided to start this series as a way to share content that has resonated with me and that I think will resonate with others.

 

13th — Ava Duvernay

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores racial inequality in the U.S. by focusing on the disproportionate number of African-Americans in the prison system. 

Animal Farm: 1984 — George Orwell

Animal farm is a symbolic book that warns against the dangers of a totalitarian government. 

Can design save newspapers? – Ted Talks

Jacek Utko, an award-winning newspaper designer, thinks so. Learn how his redesigns of European papers have increased circulation by up to 100%.

CRISSY TEIGEN ON POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION – GLAMOUR 

When most people think of postpartum depression they likely think of a crazy woman who tries to kill her children. Crissy dispels the myths and courageously opens up about her personal experience. 

DEMOCRATS NEED A NEW STRATEGY – HBR

A very insightful article on exactly what democrats will need to do to block Trump. My opinion: do all of this plus keep focusing on Russia. 

Design Your Workspace, Improve Your Well-Being

Discover simple, research-backed design tips, for your office or workspace, that will improve your feelings of well-being. 

For the love of stuff – Aeon

Read why writer Lee Randall boldly asserts"I am my things and my things are me. I don’t want to relinquish them."

How to Build an Autocracy — The Atlantic

An article discussing the different tactics Trump could use to build a autocratic regime. 

JAPAN'S FORM OF MINIMALISM  

Japan has taken the minimalist trend to a new level. Insider provides a look inside the stark aesthetic of several homeowners. The bar has been raised. 

LEO BABAUTA IS CHALLENGED  

Penelope Trunk warns us not to be so quick to adopt the philosophy of Leo Babauta and other so-called minimalist gurus. It's a refreshing counter argument. 

Milk and Honey — Rupi Kaur

An NYT bestseller by young poet Rupi with prose about love and loss, heartache and healing, and the plight of females. 

MINIMALISM VS. MAXIMALISM

What's the opposite of minimalism? GQ does a comparison by showcasing the far end of the spectrum – maximalism. See examples and choose your side.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN HISTORY & CULTURE – Grand Opening

The recently opened museum has over 37,000 objects housed in the renovated historic building situated just across from the Washington Monument.

THE CASE AGAINST MINIMALIST LIVING

Read why this writer is turning her back on the trend. You may not agree but her case provides an interesting perspective on the tradeoffs of living simply.   

THE CREATIVE CONUNDRUM – 99U

The author reflects on his personal experience with the crossroads many creatives find themselves at: pursue your art or get a "real" job. 

The Future is Mixed Race — Aeon

An article about the benefits of migration and the intermingling of different people. 

WHAT CATS CAN TEACH US – NEW STATESMAN

An interesting piece about things we can learn from cats particularly their adaptability, keen sense of self, and ability to be content. 

Whatever happened to dandyism? — The Idler

A podcast episode about the lost art of dapper wardrobing and men who dress to impress. 

What's in a trend? – INTENT JOURNAL

Old vs. new, then vs. now, in vs. out ... Intent Journal explains why this paradigm of the fashion industry has become utterly obsolete.

Why the Dandy is a Subversive Work of Public Art? — Aeon

A similar article about dandies – past and present – and what they attempt to impart with their aesthetic exploits. 

WHY UTOPIA COMMUNITIES FAIL – AEON 

I found this to be a fascinating profile of intentional communities and why, like startups, the majority of them fail. 


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