David Z on addiction and the Johan Hari’s Huff Po article and Ted Talk.
A very interesting demographics map.
Many of these cities are in the South. Four of them are in North Carolina. Two of them are in the Piedmont Triad.
Susan Schaller who wrote A Man Without Words on Radio Lab.
From the book’s description on Amazon:
“For more than a quarter of a century, Ildefonso, a Mexican Indian, lived in total isolation, set apart from the rest of the world. He wasn’t a political prisoner or a social recluse, he was simply born deaf and had never been taught even the most basic language. Susan Schaller, then a twenty-four-year-old graduate student, encountered him in a class for the deaf where she had been sent as an interpreter and where he sat isolated, since he knew no sign language. She found him obviously intelligent and sharply observant but unable to communicate, and she felt compelled to bring him to a comprehension of words.”
The transcript is here.
Classic scene from Keeping The Faith where Ben Stiller gives some great encouragement and guidance for a teenager preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. I Love That …
There is so much that is good, and much that is not good. However, “ebracing the suckiness” is not a bad place to start.