Jason Fried

November 10, 2021

Heard Something, Read Something, Saw Something [#10]

This is the tenth post in a new series I'm calling Heard Something, Read Something, Saw Something. I'll post these periodically whenever I can fill up three slots — one for something interesting I recently listened to, one for something I read that I liked, and one for something I saw that caught my eye. Hope you enjoy these.



Heard Something
Really enjoyed this conversation between Lex Fridman and Steve Viscelli. Steve is an economic sociologist who embedded as a long haul trucker for 6 months to go through the training, learn the ropes, get to know the people, absorb the stories, and understand the business — and the job — of trucking in America. It's a 3 hour conversation, and it's worth it.
Hear it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Wpy6gE4So

Read Something
People often ask me if I know any good books on writing. One of my favorites is "Revising Prose" by Richard Lanham, but I may have a new favorite. It's called "Several short sentences about writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg. It's all about the sentence, and it's written one sentence at a time, rather than in traditional paragraphs. It's smart, and it gets to creamy center of what makes certain writing so delicious.
Read it: https://bookshop.org/books/several-short-sentences-about-writing/9780307279415

Saw Something
We've all seen the periodic table, but do you know where each element originated? Here's Jennifer Johnson's novel take on the table that shows you where everything came from.
See it: http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~jaj/nucleo/

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Until next time.

-Jason