Artwork by Seungyoun Kim.
Hi Folks-

Still hibernating and percolating on new projects over here. I find that as I'm doing so my link collection grows a bit more slowly. So, for the time being, I've switched to a monthly schedule with this newsletter. I'll let you know if/when I plan to change that.

Sending you good vibes, and lots of links below...

Artwork by Seungyoun Kim.

How creative practice shapes movements. I enjoyed this conversation between musician Toshi Reagon and writer & facilitator adrienne maree brown that was organized by Resist. Their excellent summary: Toshi & adrienne "discuss how art and creativity have anchored our communities and shaped movements for liberation in addition to supporting our survival during the most difficult times, as well as how their own creative practices have aided in their survival and how they see artists and creative practitioners as a fundamental part of movements."

I am the designer of this outdoor seating space, and this is my artist's statement. An amusing, on-the-nose description of the mysteries of what's "okay" for outdoor seating: "My work seeks to interrogate the parameters by which we define and demarcate physical space, exploring the fertile liminal zone between the falsely binary notions of 'indoors' and 'outdoors' we too often take for granted. I am compelled by asymptotes: What if you could get infinitely close to being indoors, while remaining, by some convoluted set of standards, outdoors?"

Learn to play the fool. A lovely piece from Austin Kleon on the necessity of playing the fool in order to learn and grow: "I think a happy home is one in which each member’s individual foolishness is tolerated, maybe even encouraged and developed, but, no matter what, loved. We all live with fools, and we must “suffer them gladly” in order to let them grow. And if we want to grow, we, too, must learn to play the fool, and suffer ourselves gladly."

The less you own, the less owns you. A nerdy piece about tool proliferation that I quite liked: "The best tool to achieve any task, or execute any workflow, is the one that you are going to stick with. Tool proliferation leads to increased complexity and increased complexity leads to productivity paralysis. Sure, you can save 15 seconds for every meeting you schedule, email you send, or item you add to your cart... but at what cost?"

On building a membership program. Writer and designer Craig Mod explains how his membership program works to create accountability: "Some folks are adept at self-formalizing. Novelists that hide in their shed for years toiling away are a good example. After years of attempting that variant of creative schedule, I realized that I thrive on external formalities and my work lives and dies by deadlines. So for me, a membership program has been an accelerant in the best possible way."

Artist Anicka Yi on what viruses want.

How important are your friends?

I am but a simple afternoon walk.

Laptop bed desk.

Jazz keys.
Artwork by Seungyoun Kim.

The artwork is from: Seungyoun Kim, who's based in Seoul, Korea.

Link shout-outs to: Catherine Andrews, Recomendo, and Dense Discovery.

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