Issue No. 8: The Art of the Edit
“Editing is the skill of this century: editing space, media, consumption, friends."
- Graham Hill, Founder of Treehugger.com and LifeEdited
I’ve decided that this little newsletter needs a name.
Like so many of my ideas, the name came to me out of the blue yet it felt so right: The Art of the Edit. Why? Well, editing is one of my skills and crafts, but as Graham Hill so concisely suggests above—the act of editing is incredibly relevant far beyond the page.
Traditionally, being an editor involves two things: The more high-level editorial planning for a publication (its focus, what to include and what not to) and the more tactical act of taking raw writing and forming it into something cohesive, powerful, clear, concise and fluid.
So much of doing things differently is about what we choose to allow into our lives and work and what we bar entrance. It also involves taking the raw information, emotions, situations and challenges coming at us every day and crafting them into something beautiful, something good, something that we can be proud of.
In this, I can’t help but think of one of my favorite Hindu deities, Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. As a yoga teacher once described to me, Ganesha takes your obstacles into his big belly and churns them into gold.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s dive into the good stuff!
If you take no other action from this newsletter ever, cast your opinions about Gwenyth Paltrow aside and listen to her interview with Oprah. Get ready to take notes. It will change your life.
A thank you to Meg for resurfacing Joan Didion’s more-relevant-than-ever essay on self-respect from, yes, 1961.
Professional surfer John John Florence beautifully shares what makes our mutual hometown one of the most unique and special of places.
I’m seriously considering following the footsteps of this New York Times writer who got his news entirely from print newspaper for two months. His new rule: Get news. Not too quickly. Avoid social media.
Nodding my head in agreement with author and feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on being a woman in 2018 and how we might change our perspective of getting older: "One of the lovely things about becoming older (I’m forty now) is that you wake up one day and look in your bag of 'fucks to give' and realize it’s empty."
A recent report by McKinsey shows knowledge and creative industries are the fastest growing segment of the freelance (or gig) economy. As a member of that very group, I found this HBR article on the four things we “companies of one” need to cultivate in order to really and truly thrive right on the money. (Pun intended.)
And, lastly, just yes: Women in Iran are pulling off their headscarves in protest.