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    [–] I'm novelist Aaron Thier and I know something about not knowing anything. AMA ryan_holiday 2 points ago in books

    Enormous fan.

    Two questions:

    1) I'm curious where the title of The World is a Narrow Bridge came from for you. Did you build the book around the idea? Or did you come up with the story and the characters and then decide that that passage from the book should become the title?

    2) One of the characters in Narrow Bridge is a runner and you have a great quote about how running helps him keep crazy thoughts at bay. Are you a runner? Does it help with your writing?

    [–] Fellow Stoa, today the Universe reminded me of "Memento Mori". Ask me anything. ryan_holiday 2 points ago in Stoicism

    What was the feeling you felt when the doctor gave you the news? What goes through your head in that moment?

    [–] Building a stone wall on my south property line ryan_holiday 3 points ago in homestead

    What's the timeline for a project like this? And how long?

    [–] William T Sherman said of Grant that "Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other". Was this frankness as unusual as it sounds for its time? What happened to Sherman, and how was he able to maintain a high-profile position? ryan_holiday 53 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago) in AskHistorians

    This is very well written and sourced. One additional bit of perspective that might be added is that even though Sherman was prescient with his views on the war (and in fact had been prescient about how bloody it would be even before the South seceded), he doesn't seem to have done himself many favors in terms of how he delivered these opinions. One gets a sense from reading the first hand accounts is that he was acting like a raving lunatic--pacing wildly, not sleeping, talking to himself, etc. Some historians have gone as far as to diagnose him as bi-polar.

    This NYT piece from their now retired Disunion blog probably takes it a bit far but it is worth reading:

    My tl;dr as someone who has written and published multiple chapters on both Grant and Sherman in my books is that the claims of their drunkenness and craziness were both significantly overblown--mostly by critics and enemies--but they were not without a kernel of truth. I think Sherman's remark is a self-deprecating and lighthearted remark to that effect.

    [–] Can I read "The Daily Stoic" by Ryan Holiday like a normal book? ryan_holiday 6 points ago in Stoicism

    Read it however you like my friend. It's designed to be one page a day (and tied to the day's date) but it will work in just about any form.

    [–] How do Stoic view piracy? ryan_holiday 16 points ago in Stoicism

    If you fear getting caught doing something, it's probably a sign you shouldn't be doing it.

    [–] Here's Frederick Law Olmsted (designer of Central Park) complaining about how expensive Austin 1857 ryan_holiday 2 points ago in Austin

    It was common practice that slaveowners could rent out their slaves, particularly skilled slaves like carpenters or musicians and so on. Frederick Douglass actually talks about this in his memoir. He was rented out by his slaveowner and the slaveowner, thinking himself some benevolent master, decided to give Douglass a portion of the wages. In fact, this painfully reminded Douglass that he was entitled to *all* of the money he earned with his labor and partly what motivated him to plan his escape from slavery.

    [–] Here's Frederick Law Olmsted (designer of Central Park) complaining about how expensive Austin 1857 ryan_holiday 1 points ago in Austin

    In the section on slavery he says that a white journeyman mechanic could make about $50 per month so that jives. A black slave mechanic he says was hired at roughly $280 per year. A "negro cook" was paid $60 per month at a hotel.

    [–] TIL Michael Phelps considered suicide after the 2012 Summer Olympics. He started the Michael Phelps Foundation to help other people with mental illness. ryan_holiday 2 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago) in todayilearned

    Michael Phelps Foundation was started in 2008. Per his website

    "In 2008, Michael launched the Michael Phelps Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthy and active lives, especially for children."

    [–] I am a Carnivore biologist. I have studied black bear ecology across the state of Florida. AMA! ryan_holiday 1 points ago in IAmA

    If I come across a black bear, what should I do? I've heard all these conflicting things. I feel like taking your chances running away is best, even though the bear is faster than you. Wouldn't they see you are going away and leave you alone?

    [–] A Man Set Himself on Fire. We Barely Noticed. ryan_holiday 1 points ago in Foodforthought

    Hopefully less people will light themselves on fire as a result.

    [–] These signs were put there for good reasons ryan_holiday 2 points ago in Austin

    As non-native Austinite, I've long wondered if this maneuver was something special taught by the Texas Drivers Ed teachers.

    [–] These signs were put there for good reasons ryan_holiday 40 points ago in Austin

    I thought all left lanes in Austin were there for drivers to swerve into as they make incredibly slow right turns.

    [–] Is anybody in the Tarrytown area missing a goat? ryan_holiday 45 points ago in Austin

    This is the best comment I've ever seen on this sub.

    [–] Opinion | How to Serve a Deranged Tyrant, Stoically ryan_holiday 2 points ago in Stoicism

    I think it's more complicated. Someone has to serve. What if a person who serves ends up in a position to avert an unnecessary war or stop an unjust order? I chose not to take on a public relations role in a cabinet division. That's very different than a cabinet position itself, where one might be able to do more good (or stop more bad). But again, each individual has to make this decision for themselves.