In our inaugural interview Sam sits down with Ben Nockels of Commonplace Books to discuss Commonplace's origin story and what's next for the brand, in a fully packed 90 minute conversation. Sam and Ben go back 11 or so years, and have grown their friendship in hallway conversation form. This is actually one of the first times they have sat down to chat in a formal conversation... which is astonishing fact given their long history. Many of the best conversations came in snippets and extended moments as they each have had many intersecting projects and pursuits over the last decade.
First, Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
Referenced by Sam when talking about anxious monkeys... Sarah explains this research much better in her beautiful book on anxiety and personality.
Quote by Seymour Krim
Sam quoted this in conversation with Ben about finding your profession, vocation and place in this world.
"It is still your work or the role that finally gives you your definition in our society, and the thousands upon thousands of people who I believe are like me are those who have never found the professional skin to fit the riot in their souls." - Seymour Krim
You can find this in his essay, "For My Brothers and Sisters in the Failure Business", found in a compilation of essays bound in the book, "What's this Cat's Story".
Brought up by Sam midway through the episode, we finally got to it at the end of the podcast. This is an important project for OKC and the safety of our runners, cyclists, and walkers. It's more than just a bike lane it is peace of mind and an avenue for traffic other than cars to navigate this city. Please get involved if you or someone you know ride bikes.
Yes, I seriously did record this three times... I'm a writer, not a talker.
The best place to find my writings in an organized fashion is on Medium, I mainly publish essays or prose covering: digital innovation, creativity, culture, and theology.