Lavin Weekly #42: Fallows, Farsad, Holiday, & Kaufman
1. A Daily Dose of Trump from The Atlantic’s James Fallows
Atlantic correspondent James Fallows has a new article series: “The Daily Trump,” a chronicle of the brash Republican candidate’s hyper-public campaign and unorthodox methods. The premise of “The Daily Trump” is simple. “People will look back on this era in our history to see what was known about Donald Trump while Americans were deciding whether to choose him as president,” says The Atlantic—and Fallows has become the as-it-happens historian. In his latest daily dose, Fallows critiques Trump’s comments about Muslim immigrants. The problem with Trump’s recent remarks, Fallows thinks, isn’t bias, it’s ignorance—a savvy presidential candidate would know that Muslim Americans are quick to assimilate, and not the opposite. Be sure to follow along with Fallows’s column for regular updates on Trump’s run at the presidency.
2. Ending Islamophobia with a Microphone: Negin Farsad on PBS NewsHour
Social justice comedian Negin Farsad was recently profiled by PBS NewsHour’s Brief But Spectacular. In an era when Muslim Americans are facing undue scrutiny (see above), dispelling Islamophobic myths is crucial. Farsad does exactly that, but with the unique vehicle of comedy. In the interview, she describes her upbringing in Palm Springs, California—identifying with black and Latino icons for lack of any of the Iranian-American Muslim variety. Farsad then delves into her passion projects: an Israeli-Palestinian conflict musical; her feature documentary The Muslims Are Coming; and her new book, How to Make White People Laugh, which she calls a “memoir meets social justice comedy manifesto.” Her ability to beat back stereotypes with comedy is equal parts disarming and endearing. “One of the main problems of being a Muz [Muslim] in today’s world is that people immediately conflate that with terrorism and violence. I’m like 5’3-and-a-half, and I dress like a cartoon character,” she quips. For more jokes—and for a passionate social justice speaker—book Farsad for a keynote today.
3. Validation from Within: Ryan Holiday’s Ego Is the Enemy in Stores Now
Marketing speaker Ryan Holiday is a respected media strategist whose campaigns have been studied by Google, Twitter, and YouTube. He’s the former Director of Marketing at American Apparel. He’s written three bestsellers, including Trust Me, I’m Lying and the wildly successful Growth Hacker Marketing. But in his latest book Ego Is the Enemy (out now), Holiday argues that our greatest obstacle might be an internal one—our own vanities. And in a recent article for the New York Observer, he uses the forgotten Roman general Belisarius to illustrate a point: “It takes humility to admit that we have only minimal control over the rewards for our work and effort—and other people’s validation, recognition, rewards.” We can’t let the pursuit of external validation run our lives, Holiday says, and though we all inevitably fail from time to time, we need to measure success by our own peace of mind. Pick up a copy of Ego Is the Enemy for more of Holiday’s insights on personal growth and motivation.
4. Are Introverts and Extraverts Really That Different? SBK for Scientific American
In the newest edition of his regular “Beautiful Minds” column for Scientific American, innovation speaker Scott Barry Kaufman bridges the gap in the often misunderstood introvert-extravert debate. “I think we tend to overplay our differences, and underestimate just how similar we all really are deep down in our basic needs, strivings, and frustrations,” he says. To test his theory, Kaufman familiarizes us with a new study undertaken by researchers in Finland, involving a 12-day period of heavy social interaction. The results are staggering: “In the moment, acting extraverted has the same consequences on mood for both introverts and extraverts”—that is to say, both archetypes become emotionally drained by excess socializing. Kaufman’s “Beautiful Minds” blog explores some of the most talked-about psychological themes of the day—like creativity, imagination, happiness, and intelligence—as do his fascinating talks.
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