Kickoff For October 5, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Monday Kickoff, a collection of what I’ve found interesting, informative, and insightful on the web over the last seven days.

Let’s get this Monday started with these links:


On Travel Writing, wherein Jason Wilson ponders what authentic travel, and travel writing, is and means, while also pondering the future of his craft.

Why Do Some Writers Burn Their Work?, wherein Alex George tries to answer that question, and comes to some surprising (and not-so-surprising) conclusions.

What Does It Mean to Be a Cult Writer?, wherein Ian Haydn Smith examines the idea of the cult writer and look at the various subcategories that wordsmiths branded with that label can inhabit.


The Lost Art of True Rest, wherein Leo Babauta explains the need for use to rest not only our boidies but our minds as well, and offers some advice around how to do that.

How anxiety affects your focus, wherein we learn how stress and worry can decimate our working memory, and how the effects our personal and professional productivity.

Distracting myself - taking small bites, wherein David Johnson reminds himself (and us) of what I need to do when resistance creeps into my life.

Odds and Ends

Walking Is Making a Major Comeback, wherein Gloria Liu chronicles her discovery of walking as both a form of physical exercise and a way to work the shit out of your head.

Searching for Bee Swarms in the Heart of New York City, wherein Arthur Coté takes us into the world of urban beekeeping, and shares its unique challenges and joys.

Tea, Biscuits, and Empire: The Long Con of Britishness, wherein British expat Laurie Penny shows us the two sides of her home country, both of which are simultaneously fascinating and terrifying.

And that’s it for this Monday. Come back in seven days for another set of links to start off your week.

Scott Nesbitt