Brian Lundin

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Substack has taken a series A round of funding. Paid email newsletters are one of the only models in which a tech provider’s incentives align with a writer’s. I’m not using Substack, but I want to see them, and the model, flourish.

Playing happily in the water

One of the best parts of parenting is how often I’m reminded what’s it’s like to see the world through the eyes of a kid. I hope one day to be as content with the simple things as she is.

Amazon Sold $240K of ‘Liturgy of the Ordinary’ Fakes, Publisher Says. This is a massive problem that Amazon seems to be largely ignoring. Their marketplace already devalues the work of creatives, and this shows it clearly.

This podcast episode is a sobering look at the demographic decline of Christians in America. It’s a view from the outside that is important. We should listen and consider how our failure to look like Christ has driven much of it.

There is a feeling I get when writing the first draft a scene that I’ve been thinking about and planning for a long time. And when it’s an action scene the adrenaline rush I get always surprises me. I love that feeling.

This is a dangerous idea. Saddling a new marriage with debt (probably on top of student loans) is a recipe for stress, disunity, and disaster: Wedding loans are financing already indebted Americans

“[George] Will has produced one of the best books about American conservatism ever to have been written, and he deserves better enemies.” Insightful review: George F. Will deserves better enemies

I updated the “Now” page at my website, check it out at https://brianlundin.com/now.html for a brief update on life, ministry, and writing.

a beautiful day in the town square

There are moments of beauty that don’t belong only to small town life, but are inevitably better within it.

This is really fascinating. It’s real validation that ancient texts can be accurately received and understood over the course of millennia. The story is great too. “Scientists finally read the oldest biblical text ever found” via The Independent.

Turns out that Jurassic Park was the morality play we didn’t know we needed: “Oh no, Samsung can animate your face from a single photo

If you are a Mac/iOS user and you worry about the future of an open internet, you should check out Mac Open Web, by Brian Warren. The only way to keep the web open is to stand up for privacy. This list of apps is a great place to start.

Every year change comes, Hope lives for only colors. And yet, a new last.

@dengaterade #shoehaiku

In my 20's, I swore I'd never get stuck on music from my high school years. In my 30's I found a lot of new bands to love. Now in my 40’s, I understand the power of nostalgia. Listening to Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Smashing Pumpkins now is a strange and moving experience.

While there is nothing unique about the observation, I find the number of things that can distract me while I’m writing on a deadline truly astounding.

Notes from “Digital Minimalism”

I’m processing my notes from Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of finishing a book that leaves me with a lot to think about.

@ayjay will your conversation with Ross Douthat tonight be posted online later?

So many dolls...

One thing I did not anticipate about being a dad of girls: the sheer number of dolls and stuffed animals that come with them.

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“It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades.” - Jean Twenge quoted in Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism. We must start to take this seriously. 📚

A photo of the book “Dreyer’s English” This is one of my most anticipated books of 2019. And I’m fine with what that says about me. #writinglife 📚