Patrick Rhone is Nonline

Rhone’s Sabbatical In March, writer Patrick Rhone posted a notice that he was taking a break from online publishing to work on his next book. “This includes my websites and social media accounts,” he explained. “No blog posts, no tweets, no status updates.” He concluded: “I’m nonline.” This adjective caught my attention as I hadn’t […]
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James Michener’s Nomadic Pursuit of Depth

Method Writing When James Michener was writing his epic 1978 novel, Chesapeake, he didn’t have to travel far for inspiration. At the time he lived in an old house, nestled on 25 acres, near the Choptank river on a creek that emptied into the eastern waters of Chesapeake Bay. “He loved the sounds of the place,” explained Michener […]
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On Steampunk Productivity

The Steampunk Phenomenon  Steampunk began as a fiction genre that imagines alternative histories in which technology never moves past the steam-driven industrialism of the Victorian Age. It portrays worlds ruled be retro-futuristic inventions, like heavy-geared automata and whirring Babbage-style mechanical computers. It has since expanded into its own aesthetic, impacting both fashion and design, as well as a […]
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Listen to Baseball on the Radio (with a Book)

A Deep Season Begins Now that we’re entrenched in spring I can indulge one of my favored deep work training routines: listening to baseball on the radio. America’s pastime unfolds slowly. The experience of listening to a game lacks the rapid, shiny stimuli that defines so much modern entertainment. This is important. The more comfortable you become […]
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Tim Ferriss and the Rise of the Email Miser

The Spark Tim Ferriss’s first book, The 4-Hour Workweek (4HWW), has been selling well in hardcover for almost a decade. In this time, it has resonated with so many audiences, and inspired so many trends, that it’s easy to forget the topic that first put the book on the cultural map: email. In the spring of 2007, […]
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