July Coffee Talk: Mind, Body, Business & Books (#24)

At long last . . . cawfee tawk returns! Now monthly, this round-up is your shortcut to feeling brilliant and well-read during all your July coffee talking. Settle in and enjoy!


"Consider the universe. The universe is self-organizing. That’s a law. We as artists and entrepreneurs must not forget that this law is on our side. It’s as infallible as gravity and it’s our friend.

Books wanna be what they wanna be. So do albums, entrepreneurial ventures, and statues of David. The process unfolds infallibly. Our symphony evolves into four movements, our screenplay into three acts. If we just keep plugging away at it, the Law of Self-Ordering comes to our aid."

—Steven Pressfield, The Universe is Self-Ordering


"In the last few years, there has been a revolution so profound that it’s sometimes hard to miss its significance. We are awash in numbers. Data is everywhere. Old-fashioned things like words are in retreat; numbers are on the rise. Unquantifiable arenas like history, literature, religion and the arts are receding from public life, replaced by technology, statistics, science and math. Even the most elemental form of communication, the story, is being pushed aside by the list.

The results are in: The nerds have won. Time to replace those arrows in the talons of the American eagle with pencils and slide rules. We’ve become the United States of Metrics."

New York Times, The United States of Metrics


"It just seems like the Internet is screaming at artists to be creative. It's like an art-supply store: You walk in, and there's paper and cameras and paint and pencils. It's like someone throwing down the gauntlet."

—Jerry Seinfeld


Just for Fun

And these are always too good not to share—Celebrities Reading Mean Tweets #7: [youtube id="imW392e6XR0"]

That's it for now . . . have an amazing weekend, everyone!