On taking time off, and the paradox of silence

 I feel most productive working in crowded areas lately. I find silence while working to be (paradoxically) deafening and thus I relish the hubbub of normal human activity to be quite conducive to focus. To be perfectly honest, I love the relative anonymity in my slightly darkened corner, relishing my savory basic food groups, as it [...]

Living forever

"Letters to A Young Poet",  is a collection of ten letters written by Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926) to Franz Xaver Kappus(1883–1966), a 19-year-old officer cadet at the Theresian Military Academy in Germany. It is one of my favorite books. I have read it many times through and it has always been timely. Although it [...]