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 […]
Read more

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, […]
Read more

Why Are Maker Schedules So Rare?

A Tale of Two Schedules In 2009, tech investor Paul Graham published an influential essay titled “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule.” In this piece, he argued that the best types of schedules for people who makes things are different than the best schedules for those who manage things. As Graham elaborates: “The manager’s schedule is…embodied in […]
Read more

Our Ancient Attraction to Focus

The Focused Tribe The Himba people of northwestern Namibia are semi-nomadic sheep and cattle herders that have largely avoided contact with modern cultures. Their villages consist of wooden huts organized around a sacred fire that connects them to their ancestors. Their living spaces are devoid of western artifacts. It was against this backdrop that not too long ago a […]
Read more

Yuval Harari Works Less Than You

The Charmed Career of Yuval Harari The 41-year old Israeli historian Yuval Harari has enjoyed a career rise that any academic would envy. He earned his doctorate at Oxford, specializing in medieval military history. He went on to publish a prodigious number of well-respected books and articles on the topic, winning, along the way, several important […]
Read more