Every Sunday I will publish a collection of links I have collected over the week. Cherry-picked from countless links I visit everyday, this serve both as my own personal curation space and hopefully an entertainment for you. These links aren’t likely to be new, but good reading materials are timeless.

1. Writing Bytes from NYTimes

Science marches on. Two people might once fallen prey to fate that sentenced them to separation over different sides of a wall. Nowadays a cell phone would solve the twist in seconds. In olden days a hastily-written letter might be sign of danger befalling the sender, but in modern times email loses the subtleties. How do writers see these changes? How technology has affected fiction-writing? A quote from Marisha Pessl sums it best: “The good news is that the core realities of our world have not changed: People are still impossible and strange.”

The good news is that the core realities of our world have not changed: People are still impossible and strange.

2. Why Time Slows Down When We’re Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation from Brain Pickings

That was a handful. This is essentially a review for Claudia Hammond’s book Time Warped. However, this article is worth reading even if you don’t plan on purchasing the book. You may or may not agree to the writer’s opinions, but I certainly get several nice sentences to add into my commonplace book.

3. Writing and Speaking by Paul Graham

I can’t help but nodding as I read this essay. Paul’s other writings are worth reading as well.

4. 10 Words Every Book Lover Should Know from Interesting Literature

We have enough ultracrepidarian in the internet, and often one or two morosoph in our lives. While I don’t really like the sound of book-bosomed, bibliobibuli is nice! Also, everyone who’s in love with words and paper would appreciate bibliosmia, even doing it unconsciously at times.

5. Out of the picture: why the world’s best photo startup is going out of business from The Verge

A piece detailing the story of Everpix, a highly-acclaimed photo management service that died its early death last year. While not everyone will agree with the facts, figures, and decisions, this stays a compelling read and a good lesson to any startup founder. Sometimes, even a good idea and good execution aren’t enough. There lies the essential divider between business and labor of love.

6. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

Wait! What is this doing here? Well, I’ve been in the mood of some classic fairytales lately, comparing what I remember from my childhood to the actual plot. Even if Andersen is not your cup of tea, do check around the site. The Literature Network provides public domain text like Project Gutenberg, with better interface for reading online.

And that concludes the first round of Link Sunday. Why only six? I am keeping the number of links at minimum to avoid clutter.

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