Wonderfully prolific and successful author Neil Gaiman, interviewed by lifehacker and writer Tim Ferriss. This goes straight to the top of my Weekend Watch list.
I discovered Gaiman years ago when, on a whim, I bought a copy of Stardust to read on the Seattle-London flight home. I was hooked instantly by his ability to weave the wildest flights of fancy into a dark but human realism.
I suspect some Brits might be squeamish about the title, but this blog (now the “largest independent men’s interest magazine on the web”) has everything you need to know. As editors Brett and Kate McKay say:
I had the Ladybird Book of the Soldier when I was little, but lately, the little hardback books have enjoyed a resurgence. First came satire (The Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis, anyone?) but now proper, grown-up topics.
Kurt at Cultural Offering highlights the problem with the concept of “work-life balance”:
I’ve always considered my work part of my life. My friends – especially the successful ones – make their work an enriching part of life.
To be sure, keeping the demands of work in proportion to the demands of domestic life can be tough. Especially if, like may sovereign professionals, you work from home. But, the idea of work being something that is to be balanced against “life”? It’s a cute phrase but nonsensical when you think about it.
I find I don’t know nearly enough about Leonardo da Vinci.
About a month ago, on Execupundit, Michael Wade recommended this YouTube video of Walter Isaacson discussing his latest book, Leonardo da Vinci. It took me a little while to get to it but if, like me, you haven’t got any closer to reading the book than buying it for a friend, I heartily recommend it.