Something Good

1. Quarantine Public Library, “a repository of books made by artists. The works published here are for anyone to freely download, print and assemble—to keep or give away.”

2. Collaborative Alchemy Podcast / Mindy Tsonas Choi: Creativity, Identity, Belonging, and Social Justice.

3. The Phone of the Wind: Whispers to Lost Families, “A phonebooth in a field gives people a chance to connect with loved ones lost during the 2011 earthquake.” (video)

4. The focus on the last thing from Seth Godin.

5. Welcome to Barn-Quilt Country on The New York Times. “Barn quilts are a homegrown art form that combines a few aspects of traditional Americana: barns, quilts and road trips. Over the past 20 years, creators from Ohio to Canada have painted wood squares that are reminiscent of quilt designs and put them on the sides of barns and other buildings. Some communities, including Fairbanks, Alaska, and Bowling Green, Ky., have created ‘quilt trails’ of multiple pieces to entice travelers to drive through (and spend money in) their country towns to see the art.”

6. The most important thing you do from Austin Kleon.

7. The private Anthony Bourdain on CBS Sunday Morning. (video)

8. There’s a Specific Kind of Joy We’ve Been Missing on The New York Times. “Psychologists find that in cultures where people pursue happiness individually, they may actually become lonelier. But in cultures where they pursue happiness socially — through connecting, caring and contributing — people appear to be more likely to gain well-being.”

9. “Cat Person” and Me. “Kristen Roupenian’s viral story draws specific details from my own life. I’ve spent the years since it published wondering: How did she know?”

10. Good Life Project Podcast / Ocean Vuong: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.

11. “Catfish” Still Has Lessons To Teach Us. “In Season 8, Kamie Crawford hopped in the show’s cohosting saddle, bringing fresh energy. She pulls no punches as she tries to help guests remove their rose-colored glasses and see the truth about the people they’ve fallen in love with online. She also confronts catfishes, refusing to back down even as they attempt to insult her. Bitch spoke with Crawford about navigating the show during a pandemic, building a trusting relationship with guests, and making peace with the catfishes who’ve tested her patience.”

12. We need to have a conversation about wombats – The Oatmeal.

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