Outside views are often badges of seniority or achievement in the work world… But new evidence suggests employers should look at daylight exposure less as a mark of accomplishment and more as a matter of public health. So says an interdisciplinary team of architects and medical researchers that recently conducted a small case study comparing people exposed to natural light at their jobs with those who aren’t. The window workers scored better on common self-report health and sleep surveys; they also slept 46 minutes more a night, on average, as measured by a sleep monitor.
Researchers find that windowless offices make workers lose sleep at night – which makes sense given how important daylight exposure is to regulating our internal clocks.
Ongoing coverage of sleep here.
Trying soak up the summer white before labor day ya feel me?
J. Lo always killin it
Part of the problem, I think, is that we just don’t a large vocabulary for evaluating women other than to say they are sexually attractive or slutty or have a cool boyfriend.
— Yes, this is from an article about T Swift. Go girl
Where and when do you do your writing? Any small room with no natural light will do.
— Zadie Smith
May 12, 2014 at 11:09pm
Read this to your best friend when at the beach.
ETEL ADNAN: ON LOVE AND THE COST
WE ARE NOT WILLING TO PAY TODAY
But change comes slowly. One day, Mendelsund predicts, there will be a best-selling novel by an African writer that happens to use a different visual aesthetic, and its success will introduce a new set of arbitrary images to represent Africa in Western eyes. “But right now, we’re in the age of the tree,” he says. “For that vast continent, in all its diversity, you get that one fucking tree.”
The reason every book about Africa has the same cover—and it’s not pretty – Quartz
National Life Insurance Company Building, project, 1924–25, by Frank Lloyd Wright
I like book covers that look like movie posters.
April 3, 2014 at 8:29pm
“Tons of artists are involved,” said Mr. Maslansky, a painter who uses acrylic on bedsheets to depict couples (sometimes threesomes) engaged in sexual acts.”
— When the NYTimes sounds like satire.
Believe: this is Ira Glass
Arundhati Roy (1990s)
March 31, 2014 at 8:17pm
A little simplistic, yes, but good to hear an author demystify the life of an artist.
Jon Wiener: Reno says, “I thought art came from a brooding solitude.” Do you agree with her about that?
Rachel Kushner: For me, art is not “brooding.” It comes from someplace that is more fun and that has a kind of electricity to it. People often consider the solitude aspect to be essential, that creativity is locked up inside you and you’re waiting for the moment to release it. I subscribe to a different worldview. It’s through engagement with the world, and not separation from it, that something with meaning gets produced.