On Boredom
Are you bored? Is a colleague yammering on about his Pinterest account? If yes, go for a walk. If no, continue reading. Psychologists at York University in Canada have developed a unified theory of
boredom, which suggest doldrums are caused by a conflict between our inner focus and our environment. Whatever. bostonglobe.com
An Amtrak’s-Eye-View of the U.S. Economy
The cover story of The New York Times Magazine is a photo essay chronicling everyday life in the communities along the Amtrak corridor between New York City and Washington, D.C. The theme? Decline. nytimes.com
The Oral History of Freaks and Geeks
If you’re still watching reruns of Freaks and Geeks, you’re not alone. Well, you’re probably alone. But there are many others just like you. Vanity Fair has an oral history of the one-season cult classic, straight from the horse’s mouth. vanityfair.com
Survive The Office Party
This is office party season. Yours, your sister’s, your girlfriend’s, the cute receptionist from downstairs’ accounting firm. Office parties require the navigation skills of Ferdinand Magellan, brother, so let this survival guide be your compass. gq.com
The Exhilaration Gap
Sports writer Joe Posnanski ranks the top 10 sports by exhilaration gap, which is to say, the difference between the experience of watching a sport live and watching it on television. joeposnanski.blogspot