The Japanese edition of REST will be out in a few weeks, and I’ve started thinking about pieces that I could pitch to magazines and newspapers.
So in January I was in Munich, being interviewed by Arianna Huffington.
This month, I was interviewed on KMTV Winter Middle School Camp. (My nephew was in the camp, and invited me to be interviewed.)
It was fun. You can watch it in the embed above; my interview starts at 33:40. Or watch it on YouTube.
Just remember: there’s no such thing as a small media request.
For most of us, overwork is the new normal and rest is an afterthought. But the scholar Alex Soojung-Kim Pang says that by dismissing the importance of rest in our lives we stifle our ability to think creatively and truly recharge. Pang will join us to talk about his new book that examines why long walks, afternoon naps, vigorous exercise, and “deep play” stimulate creative work and sustain creative lives.
And Martin gets some very interesting guests– Two Awesome Hours author Josh Davis, and Sleep author Nick Littlehales, both of whom are really smart, were on earlier episodes– so it’s well worth subscribing to the podcast.
Red Bulletin, the magazine published by energy drink company Red Bull, has an interview with me about Rest. The magazine is better-known for running pieces about extreme sports, rock musicians, sports cars, and the like; but I guess they recognize that ice climbing after driving your Aston Martin from the rock concert can get tiring.
Recently I talked with Dutch company Made4Motion founder Sanne Clifford about rest, how we think about busyness, and the role that physical movement plays in stimulating creativity.
The latter is a really interesting subject.
When I was in London in November, I had a number of interviews with reporters who had agreed to do magazine pieces about REST. The Evening Standard article was the first to come out, and today I saw that the Express‘ Sunday magazine ran “The best ways of resting:”
If someone sighs and tells you they are far too busy to deal with you at the moment, the chances are they are not so much apologising as quietly boasting about their hectic work schedule.
My session on Rest (or as it was called in the program, REST!!!) at DLD17 is now up online. Arianna Huffington and I talk about deliberate rest, multitasking, and more.
Or, to put it another way, Arianna is onstage, and I happen to be there too. Still hard for me to process.
The audio doesn’t sync up perfectly (at least in the 15 times I’ve watched and reloaded it!), but otherwise, hey. It’s cool.
Not to sound too much like a fanboy, but it was fabulous to spend time with her. She’s really nice in person, and was as generous with her time at the conference as she was in her New York Times review and Lifehacker shout-out. I met a lot of people who I wouldn’t have otherwise, which is always a good moment at a conference.
And DLD is an extraordinary event. It’s one of the few conferences I’ve been to where I can genuinely say everyone was interesting, and I never felt like I had to disentangle myself from a conversation that felt like it was going nowhere with someone I didn’t want to be around. For someone who has to make a conscious effort at small talk, this is a huge thing, and something I really appreciated about the conference.
Not to mention the fact that Munich is wonderful, and the venue was awesome (despite being a confusing Inception-style combination of three different buildings joined together by a series of catwalks and open spaces designed by M. C. Escher).
Out in tomorrow’s (today’s?) issue of The Hindu, a review of Rest by Sudhamahi Regunathan:
The new year brings some good news. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang says, “Rest more and work less, you will be successful.” He has just released a book by the same title.
As one reads the title, one gets those fleeting fictional images of kings who lay in bed and grapes fell into their mouths, they clapped their hands and maids came in with all kinds of services, they…the imaginative exercise has to stop for Pang intervenes to say, “There are some misconceptions we have about rest…that it is always a completely passive, inactive thing. Rest is not sitting on the sofa and doing nothing. Often, the best and most restorative kind of rest, the kind that recharge our mental batteries and give us energy are active, they can be physically strenuous, mentally challenging, what matters is they take us out of our work day world. They give our minds and opportunity to subconsciously think about and try out new ideas and they provide us with new ideas that we are not able to get in our routine, but which we need to get ahead.”