Merlin Mann’s “Cranking” Post

5by5 has a new show called Back to Work and it's really great. The show consists of Dan Benjamin and Merlin Mann chatting about writing, being productive, and nerd stuff. It's oddly entertaining.

Before this week's episode, @danbenjamin recommended that I — and all of the show's listeners — first read Merlin's latest post on 43 Folders. I did, and I thought it was really excellent. Merlin Mann pops up on the internet all the time in podcasts and blogs and videos of his talks, so I've known about him for years. But even with all of this past exposure, and the 10+ hours of his ramblings that I've listened to on Back to Work, I had no idea that he was such a great writer. "Cranking" is one of the best things I've read in a long time. It's emotional and rich. You should read it, and Merlin should be very proud.