Oliver Burkeman

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Fantastic thread on the costs of keeping your options open twitter.com/HerbertLui/sta…
🙏🏻Mark. Ashamed that more US politicians have tweeted concern for Dom and Bruno than UK politicians. Why are MPs so silen@BorisJohnsono@Keir_Starmere@trusslizi@DavidLammymy twitter.com/repmarkpocan/s…CI
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Publication day today for my friend @HRDwire's book WE HAVE TIRED OF VIOLENCE, published by @thenewpress – a gripping account of the midair murder of an Indonesian human rights activist and all that flowed from it. Important and well worth your attention thenewpress.com/books/we-have-…
Is the obsession with productivity a new religion? New and brilliant conversation with the author of Four Thousand Weeks, Oliver Burkeman. @oliverburkeman @fullydavid rebelwisdom.substack.com/p/the-religion…
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(Deleted the rest of this in order not to pointlessly confuse matters)
Yes – this is a good point and I was wrong to describe the op-ed as summarizing something that happened after it was written! (I don't think that changes the fact that the op-ed is describing facts about allegations having being made and reputations having been acquired) twitter.com/effityjeffity/…
Some people still having difficulty with this. My point is not "free speech makes it OK to lie" but that the three statements at issue seem to me to be accurate insofar as they made factual claims. >
Lovely cool evening – reckon I'll head to Green Park on the Tube and take a nice quiet stroll along the Mall
Persuasive argument here that making the design of US schools more open-plan and airy and full of exits and less like prisons would actively save lives in the event of a mass shooting, as well as being good in all other obvious ways twitter.com/gcaw/status/15…
In this, of course, it crosscuts various tribal loyalties: I'm sure a lot of hardcore Depp supporters imagine themselves free speech crusaders, while at least one chunk of those sympathetic to Heard are those who think threats to free speech are invented by the privileged etc
If you're like me you might not have followed the Heard/Depp trial closely enough to realise how amazingly vague & general were the three statements from the op-ed that were at issue. This ought to be a free-speech cause celebre. nbcnews.com/think/amp/rcna…
You absolutely can't hope to make sense of modern political culture if you continue to maintain that two people from different parts of the left-right spectrum agreeing about one thing means they probably agree about any other given thing
So much for my plans to get cured of scrofula today bbc.co.uk/news/uk-616766…
Newly launched @bindelj Substack! One of the writers you need to follow if you want to make sense of what's going on in the world juliebindel.substack.com
FYI, for those with an unfashionable fondness for nuance, and levelheadedness, and good-faith attempts to understand one's political opponents, and other cringey stuff like that: twitter.com/DamonLinker/st…
Out today: My conversation with @danbharris for the Ten Per Cent Happier podcast about making the most of your time as a finite human, patience as a superpower, why it's so difficult to rest, and more. Enjoyed this a lot art19.com/shows/ten-perc…
You make a compelling albeit entirely GIF-based case
Just amplifying this job ad from a splendid UK children's music therapy charity (with which I have a family connection) looking for a new executive director twitter.com/JessiesFund/st…
Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals is basically @oliverburkeman yelling "You have to accept that life is finite!" for 225 pages with different combinations of different words. ...and I think that I'll probably recommend it to everyone I meet.
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From a Quora thread, a helpful reminder*: "Pay attention to the smell of your home when you come back from a trip. That's what it smells like to guests all the time, you just get used to it" *thing that it is preferable never to be reminded of
Hahaha this is the highest praise, in a way, really. Thank you! twitter.com/bkaneMN/status…
(It's funny to have been misconstrued as a Gervais hater when the amount of time I've spent listening to the old Xfm shows on Youtube is actually kind of bordering on the problematic)
Muting this now. Thanks for the entertaining replies! In case anyone's still struggling with the old reading-comprehension business, it was a joke about certain websites cashing in on @rickygervais's Netflix special while also acting like it was beneath them to mention it
Look, I recognise I am no @rickygervais but this was a JOKE
Ricky Gervais's Netflix special is lazy, tired and not worth your attention – click here to read our twelve enraged stories about it!
Replies help me clarify what I've always disliked about the tweet. The situation is grim, and not at all hopeful. But people fight on in the absence of hope – and declaring defeat on behalf of other people, simply because you don't feel hopeful, is what strikes me as obnoxious. twitter.com/oliverburkeman…
I get why people RT this, and are sharing it today, but it remains as wrong as ever – just cheap gravitas. A political system that obstructs the truly extraordinary effort and commitment vast numbers of Americans pour into addressing this isn't "America deciding" anything's over twitter.com/DPJHodges/stat…
Why patience is a superpower: my @TEDxManchester talk is now online! (If you try to watch it on x1.5 speed a lightning bolt from the heavens will strike you down) youtube.com/watch?v=42cwiP…
Fascinating and not solely applicable to anti-racism I think: the strangely unquestioned assumption – among people otherwise super-aware of different groups' different experiences – that the American experience can stand in for everyone else's unherd.com/2022/05/black-…
I feel like some US commentary on the Depp/Heard trial overlooks what an accomplishment it is to manage to lose a libel case against a newspaper in England, as Depp did in 2020. Takes some doing
A study on the links between Covid anxiety and hospitalisation risk, relevant to my longrunning bugbear about officials & commentators who never seemed to give a second thought to the real health impacts of the anxiety they were helping to spread nih.gov/news-events/ne…
A bit reluctant to tweet this because I don't want any part in the sinister PR campaign to denigrate Amber Heard, but the bit about Musk funding the ACLU is fascinating, given they're putatively on opposite sides of the whole direction-of-liberalism thing rollingstone.com/culture/cultur…
Of course network effects and algorithms bear much of the blame — it’s entirely possible those people *haven’t* seen many expressions of the view they believe is a straw man
It’s a standard Twitter experience now to address a position you’ve seen expressed hundreds, conceivably thousands, of different times, and then to be confidently informed by others that you’re arguing with a straw man
Meant to retweet this lovely thread and fundraising request sooner. Give to an excellent cause if you can! twitter.com/TimHarford/sta…
This is very true. Fairly frequently I see tweets scrolling by that seem, at first, like eloquent expressions of the sadness/anxiety/disappointments we all face – then you peer closer and realise the author's point is that other people *don't* feel such things so intensely twitter.com/mykebartlett/s…
Brilliant fun. Thank you to everyone who came! twitter.com/emmagannon/sta…
That's going to get a lot weirder in about 10-15 years when suddenly every other British adult male I encounter in daily life has the same name as me
See also the reaction I have to people yelling "get over here now, Oliver!" and "Stop it Oliver!" in supermarkets, but that's a more specific consequence of having Britain's most popular name for newborn boys for the last decade
I want someone to study the accumulated psychological impact of the split-second reaction I always have to emails like the one I just got from Nancy Pelosi, with the subject line "I'm done, Oliver" and the preview text "I've never been so angry in my life, Oliver"
En route to Bath now to sample the various ice cream shops I was recommended in the very helpful replies to this thread – not willingly, of course, but one must do one's parental duty. Also a @TheBathFestival event with @emmagannon and @NotRollergirl tomorrow at 530! twitter.com/oliverburkeman…
Really looking forward to this. Come along if you can! twitter.com/emmagannon/sta…
This book from @oliverburkeman is exceptionally good. It encapsulates the many problems humans from dealing with time. The anxiety of our times arises from not accepting that we can't have control of it (and we fail to understand what time is).
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God, how I dislike the out-group and their tribalist ways…
Of course, nothing-to-see-here-ism of this sort is a grand theory of politics too, and a pretty widespread one; it just likes to think that it isn't. twitter.com/drvolts/status…
What BA2.12.1 Gets Right (and Wrong) About Breaking Through Your Immune System
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