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Odds and Ends: February 2, 2020

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Huckberry’s Valentine’s Day Shop. Valentine’s Day is coming up. If you’re looking to get something for your gal, check out Huckberry’s Valentine’s Day Shop for some one-of-a-kind gifts that go beyond Walgreens’ plush teddy bear holding a heart. Some stand-out items include: Flint and Tinder Women’s Waxed Trucker Jacket, Redstone Pocket Knife, Turquoise pendant by j.bee.

Glaucon’s Fate: History, Myth, and Character in Plato’s Republic.I read this novel several years ago as preparation for Jacob Howland is the author of my interview.You still think about it. Howland’s argument is that in the Republic, Socrates was attempting to save the soul of Plato’s politically ambitious brother, Glaucon, but ultimately failed.  Howland offers insights into Greek ideas of manliness or andreiaHow cultivating the virtues of manliness will help you to seek the Good. 

The Great British Baking Show.Our family is a big fan of the Great British Baking Show thanks to Scout. We’re slowly working our way through some past seasons. The BBC’s reality competition pits British home bakers against each other to impress Paul Hollywood and PrueLeith. The show is wholesome and charming. I think the appeal comes down to the fact that the contestants are actual amateurs (and don’t even get any money if they win!The bakers are not like most reality shows that use conflict and rivalry to create drama. They support and cheer for each other. It’s just so pure. 

Getting the pump: On the Resurrection of Body. Author Jordan Castro has penned one of the best and most lyrical odes to weightlifting I’ve come across. He describes his initial aversion to physical training, believing that the cerebral world of the mind was more meaningful and superior. However, he later discovered that physical training was something that provided a new type of knowledge, and a transformative link to the true and humbling verve to reality. “Thus lifting,” he writes, “which is commonly thought of as the activity of the egotistical and vain, is in reality the opposite—it is a Corrective for those things.” When we lift, we go through a bit of suffering so that we can become a new creature and become who we are — it allows us to pass through “little deaths and resurrections every day.” 

Quote of the week

If you want to know what someone is really thinking, look at their face. They can control their words much more easily.

—Lord Chesterfield


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