Books / Science / Food / Art
In putting together this edition of the Grind, I learned that, like me, trees do like to be touched, JK Rowling has touched some people, restaurants need to be Instagrammable, despite what my wife thinks, delayed gratification is a good thing, digital medicine is an an ACTUAL thing, my kids as well as my dog need to embrace boredom, Starbucks's biggest enemy is Starbucks, people are still stuffing books in their trousers and next summer I need to skip the beach and head to some art galleries.
- Lately, more often than I'd like to admit, I find myself staring at my children and wondering what their future holds. No one knows what the next decade or century will look like, but this list of 11 books on the future of humanity that everyone should read imagines many different possibilities.
- We've all read stories about how JK Rowling's Harry Potter series inspired countless kids to become readers, but how has Rowling influenced and inspired other writers? 10 Authors Share the Magic J.K. Rowling Brought to Their Lives.
- The Strange World of Book Thefts offers intriguing insight into which books are stolen the most and how the book thiefs carry out their crimes and misdemeanors. (See what I did there?)
- Delayed Gratification? The case for taking forever to finish reading books.
- I definitely agree that one of the great pleasures of parenthood is rediscovering the thrill of kids’ books. The New York Times calls "Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult” by Bruce Handy "A personal, breezy tour of classic children's books". Just reading the review felt like jumping into a time machine and reliving some of the great forgotten stories of my youth.
- Scientists first started studying the phenomenon of "Crown Shyness" in trees in the 1920's.
- Kick your smartphone addiction by Embracing Boredom.
- Speaking of boredom...in addition to 4th and 5th graders held in captivity with no iPad, science is now saying Dogs and Pigs get really bored too.
- A Swiss startup is attempting to make it possible for Apple Wireless Earbuds to double as hearing aids.
- Digital Medicine - Could prescription video games be the future of medicine?
- It's just not enough nowadays to serve great food. To be successful in 2017, restaurants must be "Instagrammable".
- Imagine throwing back a pint of Butterbeer or a shot of Firewhiskey inside The Three Broomsticks or savoring a Fried Green Tomato at The Whistle Stop Cafe. These literary restaurants are just a couple of The 11 Fictional Restaurants We Wish Existed.
- At current rates of growth, more people will work at restaurants than in manufacturing in 2020. Restaurants Are The New Factories.
- Starbucks Cannibalization is a thing and hurting their stock.
- Applebees' rebranding efforts tried and failed to attract them, but grocery stores have found a way to appeal to Millennials with in-store restaurants.
- Attention, Art Lovers! The Met Museum is now offering over 1,600 full-length, free books online.
- The Front Row captured by photographer Jessica Lehrman: A view rarely seen by anyone but the performer. (More from Jessica Lehrman's portfolio)
- 18 Well-traveled experts weigh in on the question: What's the Best Work of Art You Saw This Summer? PART ONE and PART TWO
- German photographer Frank Kunert builds miniature scenes with a darkly satirical twist.
- Graphic designer and photographer Wonjun Jeong projects portraits on floating fabric.
...The Last Drop
Failing To Meet Expectations