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The thing I've loved most in these past couple of weeks has been the Japan season on BBC4. The high point was these few minutes from Ryan Gander's documentary on The Idea of Japan. It's just school kids tidying, but it's joyful.
I also loved this piece by Paul Ford about his feelings about being on stage. It includes a note-perfect dissection of a certain style of presenting, a style I adopt all the time.
"And, finally, bring the thinkfluence: Click the clicker and give them that historical-factual razzle and that synergistic “what if this, but this” dazzle, and self-deprecate the audience into empathy while slyly demonstrating your very handy cognitive framework. Give it some heart too, because what the hell, life is meaningful. Be as genuine as circumstances permit!"
Reading that reminded me of finding yourself, or your style of dress, in a collection like this.
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