Issue 8 of the Manufacturing Serendipity newsletter. How women have been portrayed in mythology, how to talk about privilege, and a geode that looks like Cookie Monster.Read more "A Searchable Database of Thoughts"
We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality. We create it to be able to stay.Lynda Barry
Notes on some of the books I read in January 2021.Read more "2021: January’s Bookshelf"
Issue 7 of the Manufacturing Serendipity newsletter. Jazz musicians’ brains, yearbooks from 1949, and the dangers of a single story.Read more "Feeling Good…"
Images which idealise are no less aggressive than work which makes a virtue of plainness. There is an aggression implicit in every use of the camera.Susan Sontag, On Photography
Issue 6 of the Manufacturing Serendipity newsletter. Some fortifying words from Neil Gaiman, serendipitous finds from the Science Museum, and finding poetry in unexpected places.Read more "The Earth Has Been Spinning Faster Lately…"
I am writing this account, in another man’s book, by candlelight, inside the belly of a fish.Edward Carey, The Swallowed Man
Issue 5 of the Manufacturing Serendipity newsletter. The origins of the painting Martin Scorsese’s mother shows off in Goodfellas, Rush Hour Crushes, and dreamy poetry *snip snip*.Read more "One Dog Goes One Way, and the Other Dog Goes the Other Way…"
2020 hasn’t been an easy year, but there have been many wonderful moments. This is a letter to my future self.Read more "2020: 100 Good Things"
Memory is a map of sorts, but hand drawn, incomplete, and full of errors. It can let you know a place exists, but you cannot trust it to get you there.Charlie Kaufman, Antkind