Saturday, June 05, 2010
I was more than a little relieved to learn that the director/homeowner's father had been an artist. It made me feel better about the distance I have come in affirming my own life choices to put my creative practice at the center of my life, despite the consequences, given that I came from a household whose values opposed diametrically such a decision.
It felt more than a little serendipitous to come across this talk in my Google Reader today, as I have been recently speaking to friends and even students about having the Sunday evening blues sometimes, not on Sunday evenings, when 9--to-5-ers tend to get it, but on a day when I have to teach or coach in the evening. Time and again, when the appointment to teach or coach arrives, I find myself happily and productively immersed in what I do, and finish the session with a core sense of contentment. But that doesn't change the fact that I sometimes feel a cloud of dread hanging over me on the days on which I have an evening appointment to ply my trade.
This talk is by Alain de Botton, a writer, essayist, and lecturer. He has written a book called How Proust Can Change Your Life. (Proust did change my life, incidentally, but that's a story for another time.) He does a terrific job of outlining the way in which the pressure to be "a success" pervades modern life, and what we might do about that. Highly recommended.
(If you just see a bunch of HTML below, click the headline above to view the video at my blog.)
H/T Rob Weinert-Kendt at The Wicked Stage
More funky avian mating dances here.
H/T Ezra Klein