Thanks, everyone, for the brilliant recommendations. I was overwhelmed with new-to-me books, movies, artists, podcasts, and websites. If I can find the time, I’ll post a listing of the recommendations so everyone can benefit. I’m reminded of the infinite goodness and artistry in the world at a time when both seem in short supply, if you spend much time following the news. My own news media diet continues and I find my mood is generally better. Really, anytime I can put my phone down for an extended period of time and just get out and walk in the woods near my house, my outlook improves dramatically. I’ve heard this described as “forest-bathing” and while I insist on keeping my knickers on during these walks, I can get behind the idea that these kinds of experiences have a purifying effect. I suspect many of you feel the same way. We gripe about our addictions to all this new technology but we can’t seem to escape its grasp. It’s happening to the younger generation, too. Probably even more. I worry about the long-term effects of this always-on culture we’ve created. Who will write the books, compose the music, or create the architecture of the future if everyone is relentlessly counting up their likes on Instagram? Perhaps I sound like an old man. I am an old man. An old man who doesn’t miss the irony of being an Internet scold while using Internet tools to pull your eyeballs back to the screen. But I’d argue it’s not inherently bad to be online and plugged in, it’s a question of dosage. I’m going to lower my own dose and put my phone in a drawer this weekend, I swear, and I’m going to get outside and enjoy the cooler weather. I double dog dare you to unplug for a spell and give your eyeballs and your brain a break. Right after you check out these juicy links.