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You should read - July 15

You should read - July 15

Just one thing

Snippets of "1 = 0 = Infinity" started showing up in my YouTube feed a few weeks ago. I was thrilled to find the full movie was released this morning. Shōhaku Okumura is a Zen teacher, writer, and translator of important Japanese Zen texts. Jundo Cohen, the teacher who performed my jukai ceremony in 2019, introduced me to Okumura's writings and translations, which have strongly shaped my Zen practice and understanding of Buddhism. Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts is one of my favorites.

If you don't have 90 minutes for this (but you really should), try The Apophenic Thrall by Gabriel Rosenberg. It generated quite a lot of discussion w some friends this week about the reachability of voters who are wrapped up in right-wing conspiracy theories.

They are coming for you.

These may not seem related, but imagine purportedly "private" surveillance in the hands of right-oriented police forces bent on enforcing "law and order".

Collected ephemera

Enough talk. Act.

Prime Day, capitalism's the biggest holiday after Christmas, was this week. So, in celebration, I recommend you cancel Amazon Prime.

Eight to ten years ago, my family was probably getting one Amazon delivery every other day. After learning about the conditions in Amazon's warehouses and it's poor treatment of low-level employees, my wife and I decided to cut Amazon out of our lives as much as possible. No Prime. No Whole Foods. No Audible. No GoodReads. No Twitch. And it's been fine.

Amazon's behavior has only gotten worse in the intervening years. Cancel your Prime. You'll survive.

Once you do that, you'll need some alternatives. Fast Company has you covered. Here are some of ours:

  • Target has gotten surprisingly good for most things you'd use Amazon for, with local pickup to boot.
  • Etsy has become a frequent choice for unique gifts and "bootleg" stuff.
  • I almost always turn to eBay for my book buying, supplemented by BookShop.org.
  • I transferred all my GoodReads book tracking to LibraryThing.
  • Libby puts your local library on your phone. Checkout ebooks and audiobooks using your local library card.
  • Shop local. Support small business.
  • And lastly, as Fast Company suggests, maybe don't buy anything? I'm part of a local Buy Nothing group for trading unused items.

Aaaaand, a palette cleanser: