1. When We Remember To Be Alive. “In praise of the late award-winning composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto” from Frederick Joseph. Because this: “We have been conditioned to believe that speed is synonymous with progress, that a life lived in haste is a life well-lived. But as we take in the world around us, as we cast our gaze upon the brilliant mess that is our human existence, we must pause and consider the wisdom of our now ancestor, Mr. Sakamoto, who understood the virtue of stillness and the importance of deliberate contemplation. For it is only in the calm of such moments that we may truly appreciate the poetry that lies hidden within the seemingly mundane.”
2. Wisdom from Lucian James’s latest Kō Strategies Newsletter (a reminder which felt perfectly timed): “Do you know the concept of ‘killing the Buddha’? It’s a recommendation with which Linji Yixuan, a 9th century Zen monk, used to shock his disciples, ‘If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him’, he would say. What does that mean? It means that we shouldn’t blindly follow any set of ideas or ideologies – including those of Buddha, but follow our own ideas, and stay flexible. We need to avoid the trap of falling into fixed, old ways of seeing, and outdated ways of thinking. Ultimately, killing the Buddha means that your best teacher will always be yourself – not any kind of guru, in any kind of guise. When you kill the Buddha, you see from your own perspective, you’re undivided against yourself, and you see more clearly.”
3. How Corporations Attempt to Co-opt Buddhism.
4. Wisdom from the latest Wellread newsletter: “The many accelerating crises we are facing are coming at us fast and furiously. And while they can feel ‘too big to fail’, they also affirm our interdependence. Thriving in the face of this will demand a commitment and capacity that none of us can muster on our own. We will need the depth of our courage and the width of our connections if we stand a chance against extreme inequality, mutating pandemics, climate calamity and mass migration. We must reach outside ourselves, across divides, beyond borders and towards one another – not just to ensure our collective survival, but to realize our full potential. Here’s how you can play your part:
Locate yourself. We are all a part of this mess we are impacted and implicated in different and disproportionate ways. Locating yourself allows you to show up with skill and find your right role and responsibility in whole of who we are.
Pull the thread. From your location, how can you disrupt and dismantle the spaces and systems you are a part of? Personally, ho can you pull the threads of your conditioning so as to make more space for freedom and possibility?
Weave a new world. Even while systems collapse, new worlds emerge. What is the world you are dreaming into being? How can you help bring it into being?”
5. Miniature Figures Carved in Wood Cradle Colorful Silk Lace in Ágnes Herczeg’s Tender Sculptures.
6. New decisions based on new information from Seth Godin.
7. They Don’t Give a F*ck from Robert Jones, Jr. Because this: “I’m exhausted from repeating myself about the rank evil and hypocrisy of the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy, and its collaborators and supporters from every demographic.
One of the things I’m tired of repeating is how much they don’t care. They don’t care that they are evil. They don’t care that they are hypocrites. They don’t care about justice. They don’t care about fairness. They don’t care about democracy. They don’t care about the Constitution. They don’t care about civility. They don’t care about our outrage. They don’t care if we march. They don’t care if we protest. They don’t care if ‘we go high’ (they prefer it, actually; we go high, giving them all the room they need to keep going lower and lower, while we go so high that we eventually run out of air). They don’t care about morality. They don’t care about religion. They don’t care about children—not theirs and most certainly not ours.
THEY. DON’T. GIVE. A. FUCK.
All they care about—all they really care about—is money and power. PERIOD. And they will do anything—ANYTHING—to hoard both. Even if—especially if—they have to step over our bones to do it.
The only question left to answer is: Knowing this, what is our counter-strategy? Because it can’t be repeating what’s already failed.”
8. photography is more than a pretty picture from Karen Walrond on Chookooloonks.
9. Movies I want to watch: Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now (Netflix) and Rye Lane (Hulu). In related news, from Lion’s Roar, Twelve New Films That Highlight the Best in Humanity.
10. Mae Martin: SAP on Netflix. This was SO GOOD.
11. You Made It Weird, Pete Holmes’s Podcast, which you can also watch on YouTube. Recent favorite episodes: Mae Martin and Ms. Pat.
12. Underwear Science: Has anyone who designs underwear ever looked at a fat person?
13. The Broadest Portal to Joy. “All sorrow is, on some elemental level beneath cause and circumstance, an act of forgetting our connection to life, to one another, to the grand interbelonging of existence. All joy is the act of remembering — the hand outstretched for reconnection, for felicitous contact between othernesses.
This awareness emanates from poet and gardener Ross Gay’s essay collection Inciting Joy — a tendril unfurled from his infinitely life-affirming Book of Delights.”
14. What Really Makes Us Happy on Lion’s Roar. “As a Buddhist teacher, psychiatrist, and leading researcher, Dr. Robert Waldinger studies life from three very different perspectives. But he says they all come to the same basic conclusion about what really makes our lives happy and meaningful, and what doesn’t.”
15. Good stuff from Austin Kleon: Don’t worry about style, and On plagiarism: What kind of person are you going to be?, and Owl babies!
16. The Best Xeriscape Alternatives To A Traditional Grass Lawn.
17. What Diet Culture Stole From Me—and Why I Took It Back.
18. Picking up trash for fun. (video)
19. The Path of Joy and Liberation on Lion’s Roar. “The Buddha’s four noble truths include the truth that the eightfold path is a way out of suffering. It’s not just the path to happiness, says Sister True Dedication. It’s happiness itself.”
20. Small acts of kindness matter more than you think.
21. My Perfect Life from Danny Gregory. I really needed this reminder. Maybe you do too, kind and gentle reader.
22. Bobby Dazzler, Sarah Millican’s latest comedy special, which can now be purchased and streamed for about $12.50.
23. The Art of Lying Fallow: Psychoanalyst Masud Khan on the Existential Salve for the Age of Cultish Productivity and Compulsive Distraction.
24. A Taxonomy of Gay Animals.
25. When Did People Start Brushing Dogs’ Teeth?
26. Sorry for getting old. “In the protracted superficiality that passes for existence in US-style capitalist society, skin wrinkles and other perceived female defects are cast as failures of the individual. And according to capitalist logic, such failures can only be rectified by buying beauty products, paying for cosmetic adjustments, or otherwise contributing to a landscape fundamentally dedicated to corporate profit rather than human wellness.”
27. Florida School Deems Michelangelo’s “David” Pornographic | The Daily Show. (video)
28. Recipes I want to try: Classic Bean And Cheese Pupusas and Peanut Butter Energy Bites.
29. Japan’s ‘evaporated’ people: Inside an industry that helps people disappear. (video) “In Japan, as some 80,000 people go missing every year, according to data from the National Police Agency. Some are later found, but others vanish completely, becoming what’s described as an “evaporated person” or johatsu-sha. The phenomenon is common enough to have an entire industry built around it of specialists who can help you disappear in the night. In this SCMP Film, we go inside a neighbourhood that’s a powerful draw for those who want to stay hidden and meet a yonige-ya, or night mover, who braves stalkers, gangsters and knife-wielding exes to spirit his customers away to safety.”
30. Harvard-trained psychologist: If you use any of these 9 phrases every day, ‘your relationship is more successful’ than most.
31. Commonplace Podcast Episode 109: Joy Harjo. “Rachel speaks with Joy Harjo, internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation about jazz, grief, second sight, teaching, and so much more. Joy Harjo served three terms as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2019-2022 and is the author of ten books of poetry.”
32. Couple takes cabin living to the next level with their seriously epic cabin designs.
33. Mostly through images, a daughter grieves her mother in ‘Ephemera.’
34. 60 Second Docs: Vanishing Rock Art | Jon Foreman. (video) In related news, Densely Arranged Stone Gradients Sweep Across the Sand in Jon Foreman’s Extraordinary Land Art.
35. Jeff Cruz Hoop Dance. (video)
36. Taken Flight, “the collected works of the late poet, Bennett Nieberg. The collection explores topics of transgender identity, socio and gender politics, coming-of-age, familial trauma, and mental illness. As Andrea Gibson writes in the foreword, ‘… a gorgeous and devastating prayer for their own survival, as well as a prayer for our world.’ Andrea also shared this piece from the book that is so beautiful, brutal in light of their passing: “I have heard stories/of grudges let go on deathbeds/a final grip loosening/all i know is i want to be buried/with my arms already open.”
37. 4 tips for saying goodbye to someone you love.
38. California’s superbloom is so big and bright, it can be seen from space.
39. Stunning bonsai trees with their leaves composed of hundreds of tiny paper cranes by Naoki Onogawa.
40. Book recommendations from me: Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto and Cloud Cuckoo Land.
Thank you for sharing Robert Jones, Jr.’s words. I was in a conversation last week with someone I love, and I said a less articulate version of this. I felt so angry and frustrated and tired. I just want everyone to finally see this, get this. Before it’s too late. (Or is it already?) It was a small comfort to see this here.
The strange thing is, I think it is both too late and not too late. It’s too late to make the current model workable but it’s not too late to imagine something new, create something different. Being able to articulate what is wrong is a start — a small comfort indeed. ❤
I love that you share so many things that I have already read, saw, ordered… But it was because of you that I read, saw, or ordered them in the first place. I am SO grateful for this space. I missed you and this when you were gone.
I’m glad to be back, glad you are still here, glad there have been so many good things to share. ❤