Indulgence in Monotony

Executing the same tasks with machine-like precision over and over and over again, like one of Adam Smith’s nail-cutters, offered a special kind of enjoyment. There was no reflection, no question about what my job required of me, and I could indulge, for hours, in the straightforward immediacy of action.

(Dinner and Deception — NYT)

Stories From the 2015 PGA Championship

I just got back from a dream week in Haven, Wisconsin at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. For posterity, here are some of my favorite things I got to write this week.

What it’s like to follow Tiger on an empty course

Following John Daly is an adventure

Jordan and Rory are the same … but so different

Checking in on Miguel Angel Jimenez

Phil Mickelson falling out of contention is when his week gets fun

Jordan Spieth’s back-nine 30 was an absolute show

On Anirban Lahiri and Tony Finau and their prodigious length off the tee

Jason Day takes the fight to Jordan Spieth

Spieth narrowly misses third major

On Prayer and Art

Austin Phelps writes of watching people in the Royal Gallery at Dresden sitting for hours before a single masterpiece painting.

“Weeks are spent every year in the study of that one work of Raphael. Lovers of art cannot enjoy it to the full, till they have made it their own by prolonged communion with its matchless form.”

How much more should we give this kind of patient attention to prayer?

[Prayer by Keller]