My wife’s grandmother used to make machaca, which is one of the great hard-times foods for Mexicans, dried beef or pork that is rehydrated and then shredded by hand into salty strips. Meat as seasoning. So there’s a bit of irony in eating machaca in Austin during SxSW, which is one of the least hard-times events on earth. Everything blooms and booms in the tech-giddy capital of Texas. And here we are at Curra’s in South Austin, with R&K friend Kelly Hines, sitting down to a bottomless cup of coffee and plate of juevos machacados drowning in black beans that look like we all just struck oil. The hard times feel very far away, and i guess that’s all anyone can ask from a plate of breakfast. —Nathan
Set aside the day’s labors and drift off into this GIF for eight or nine hours. Tell your supervisor that this sort of blank reflection is integral to your future productivity. —MN
Why do maps always show the north as up? … The profound arbitrariness of our current cartographic conventions was made evident by McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World, an iconic “upside down” view of the world that recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. Launched by Australian Stuart McArthur on Jan. 26, 1979 (Australia Day, naturally), this map is supposed to challenge our casual acceptance of European perspectives as global norms. But seen today with the title “Australia: No Longer Down Under,” it’s hard not to wonder why the upside-down map, for all its subversiveness, wasn’t called “Botswana: Back Where It Belongs” or perhaps “Paraguay Paramount!”
(via The Paris Review)
The Charlie’s Angels room at the Roxbury Motel in Roxbury, NY. Skiing at nearby Plattekill Mountain. Dinner from the Ate-O-Ate food truck parked at the motel. Good plan.
Found evidence of massive snow battle.
Apparently no survivors.
My Great Aunt Elise,* who would have turned 95 on the 16th of February, died this morning. She was a true Mississippi Delta lady, with everything that connotes.
Being a Yankee and a writer, unable to twirl a baton and unfamiliar with the rules concerning the proper occasions for wearing taffeta, gingham, or swiss dot, I didn’t do a whole lot that met with her approval, but she was one of a kind.
At her best, with her sharp eye and withering commentary and glad willingness to pour you another glass of champagne, she sure could make you laugh.
* Pronounced “Leez.”
Pete Seeger was a wonderful surprise at Farm Aid. A wonderful man who sings wonderful songs and does right by our world.
Willie Nelson and his son sang the Pearl Jam song, “Just Breathe,” as if it was written for them.
Neil Young covered Phil Ochs. Changes. And old Neil spoke from the pulpit, saying what needed to be said about climate change and big oil. I love listening to him speak almost as much as hearing him play.
We sat outside the fence at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, listening to the show. Would have been happy to buy tickets but there were none. It rained and we got wet but it was the loveliest night I’ve had in a very long time
Thinking about the last time I saw Pete Seeger. Farm Aid last summer in the rain. It was perfect.
The First Baptist Church in America has been on College Hill in downtown Providence since 1638, sharing the good news, with Christ-centered enthusiasm, biblical preaching, dynamic caring ministries, advocating the separate and complementary relationship between church and state, and the vitality of traditional worship. What Roger Williams established is still worth standing for.
Dog sledding in Quebec.
Take it from Jerry Seinfeld. Other famous creators have articulated the same sentiment:
E.B. White: “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”
Chuck Close: “Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.”
Tchaikovsky: “A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.”
Isabel Allende: “Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”
Samuel Johnson: “Composition is for the most part an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution.”
Still, should you find yourself creatively blocked, here’s some help.(via explore-blog)
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