In this Monday’s Link Roundup you’ll find a fascinating article on memory – The Mysteriously Memorable 20s. It seems that we more easily recall events from our early adulthood than any other period in our lives. And for some charming and poignant images, be sure to check out Intimate Portraits of Old Folks Dancing.
- A calligrapher explains his art. “One of the big differences between a type designer and a calligrapher is that nobody much wants to watch a type designer at work. Creating and refining a font is painstaking work that requires a fastidious nature, to say the least. Calligraphy is an action sport by comparison – measured in seconds rather than months – and watching a calligrapher at work is oddly thrilling.” [Thanks to Paula Stahel of Breath & Shadows Productions for alerting me to this item.]
- Avoid Pricing and Discounting Mistakes. “As a business owner, what do you do when sales are sluggish and you want to offer a discount, but you don’t want to imply that your products and services are worth less by lowering the price?”
- Why’s everyone so down on the memoir? “Critics take grim satisfaction in tearing the genre to pieces. How quickly they forget Nabokov and Karr and Wolff.”
- Dear America, Join Me in Writing a Letter From the Heart. “I had a most humbling conversation yesterday with a vivacious, 17-year-old young lady named Victoria. In discussions of homework, careers and her future opportunities, we somehow managed to cross into an abyss of sorts and completely unknown to her: letters. It seems that over the past 17 years of her relatively young life, she has never sent or received a handwritten letter. Have we advanced that far or, better yet, declined that far to the point that the handwritten word is no longer relevant?”
- Intimate Portraits of Old Folks Dancing.”The famed Martha Graham once described dance as “a graph of the heart.” In her ongoing series Viv(r)e la Vie!, which we spotted thanks to Feature Shoot, Spanish photographer Ana Galan captures old couples dancing in different countries across the globe.”
- The Mysteriously Memorable 20s. “What is it about twentysomethings in general? Why are we so fixated on the no-man’s-land between childhood and stable adulthood? A little-known but robust line of research shows that there really is something deeply, weirdly meaningful about this period. It plays an outsize role in how we structure our expectations, stories, and memories. The basic finding is this: We remember more events from late adolescence and early adulthood than from any other stage of our lives. This phenomenon is called the reminiscence bump.”
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