ABOUT TIME WELL SPENT
When debating the name of this newsletter I was stuck between two options—calling it Time Regained, which sounds cool as hell, or calling it Time Well Spent, both homages to my favorite book in the world, In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. The book (which was once the longest novel ever written) is split into seven parts, with the last part being titled Time Regained, which, again, just sounds so poetic, so charming, so fitting for what most of human life seems to be—a struggle to regain ourselves, our joy and whatever else we’ve lost to our history.
But Time Well Spent connoted something a bit different for me, something more present, soulful, perspicacious, deep, like the quiet you’d discover in the woods, like wading from the shore out into the sea, like driving until the sky unclothed itself from the lights of the city. Time Well Spent meant the place you’d choose if you weren’t busy, the greatest of all destinations, and it just seemed fitting for a newsletter with several goals in mind:
To broaden perspectives through the best tool humans have available to us: conversations, either in the form of interviews, podcasts, and the like
To deepen perspectives with articles that challenge prevailing narratives
To become the sole destination for discovering new ideas by sharing interesting findings weekly and starting community discussions
Time Well Spent seemed more than perfect for what I wanted to achieve, a destination to set the mind at ease in its search for answers. And that’s what we’re going to do here.
Time Well Spent is a place to learn more about what matters most in the world, with particular emphasis on the sphere of technology for a few reasons: 1.) Technology drives the world forward, 2.) all the smartest minds in the universe are now builders of one variety or another, 3.) all other subjects I might cover are downstream of or at least somewhat affected by new innovations. As McLuhan would say, the medium is the message, and our fast-paced information channels alter the quality and content of every knowledge-domain, and also demand fresh eyes and clear minds for understanding ideas readily in spite of the pace at which they’re transmitted. And, again, that’s what we’re going to do.
We are in the business of understanding. Not just understanding one topic, but understanding everything. So get ready to learn about how technology is influencing family, politics, science, and everything between, with the best minds in the world joining in on the fun.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m fairly sure that I’m next in line to inherit the title of chief in my dad’s home village in Nigeria, but the majority of my life has been lived in Los Angeles so I don’t really want to go there.
I’m fairly sure that every single person I’ve ever been related to as far back as the beginning of time has been a christian, but I converted to judaism a while ago to the bewilderment of the whole world, and I love it. (I don’t think there’s anything more perfect on earth than the Torah. But the tricky part here is that, while on first converting I thought I’d have a community of people who understand the world as I do, I found myself disagreeing with mainstream Judaism, which is rabbinical, and adopting the views of the sadducees and the karaites, which for all intents and purpose are both relatively averse to any exegesis outside of an individual’s own mind).
I’m pretty sure that I was born to write. I have a brother and he has always been creative in a similar way that I have been, so I just assume that creating nice things is in our genes, that we were born without any other directives besides those that result in art.
I’m pretty sure that I spend at least 2 hours everyday listening to my wife recount her dreams to me and wondering why girls seem to have so much more elaborate dream-lives than men do. And I’m wondering now why no one asks about our dream lives but asking about our sex-lives is somehow ok.
I’m pretty sure I made you smile at least once and, if I did, you’ve spent your time well on Time Well Spent.