5.27.2018

Hello.


I work a lot. That's not a brag, it's pretty common in my field - checking email after hours, doing course prep on the weekend, ensuring that the VPN works okay on holiday, just in case. When I'm not working, I spend hours every week scrolling through my social media feeds. It all adds up to a lot of sitting on my ass and a lot of screen time.

The other day I was listening to Hidden Brain (hosted by Shankar Vedantam who, by the way, sounds like the nicest person on earth) and I had a revelation.

Context: the episode featured Tim Wu, author of The Attention Merchants, who was elucidating the many ways that the advertising industry tricks us into paying attention to them. The words at the top of this post are from his book, which he quoted in the episode to explain why he has cut back his social media use.

I felt it when he said it. I felt it in my bones (and my butt, which is getting saggy from sitting so much. This is a real thing called Dormant Butt Syndrome and it is NOT A JOKE).

It made me think: what do I pay attention to? Work? Instagram? Twitter? Those three things combined take up more time in my week than anything else, and, as our dear James Van Der Beek said in his star turn as Jonathon "Mox" Moxon, I don't want yer life.

I want to be present with my partner, read more books, take longer walks with my pup, listen to more podcasts, call my family, try to understand poetry, see friends, throw parties, play board games, bake cakes, staunch the flow of unread New Yorkers that go directly from my mailbox to my recycling bin.

Years ago, I started a blog to talk about books and words. I'm not an expert in either of those things, but when did that ever stop anyone from prattling on about a topic? I love books, and I loved making time to read and write about them. However, as work got busier, the blog fell by the wayside, leaving a devastated fan base (hi, mum!) in its wake.

Well, I'm back. I'm going to read and blog and no one can stop me.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, it's Britney, bitch.

Thanks for stopping by.