Some tidbits of what I’ve been working on, thinking about, listening to, and reading:
- “Everything was dripping with the lull of stray droplets, everything was clear and breathing and exposed, the sky parting with brilliant light, the air crisp and damp, the landscape sharpened.”
- National parks thrive on balance, but it’s difficult to find that middle ground when the latest influx of visitors per year has risen to 7.2 million (see: Yellowstone in 2015). It’s a tricky act of leveling out conservation and recreation—at what point can the two intersect and flourish, if at all? Even a place as grand and reputable as Yellowstone has its battles: how do you preserve and protect a primordial landscape in the 21st century?
- Jeremy Zuckerman’s new album, Khaos, reminds me of late nights and hypnagogia. It’s ethereal and meditative, sometimes urgent, sometimes relaxed, but always moving.
- Into the Woods, by John Yorke: a dense, thorough journey through storytelling and dramatic writing. All sorts of references, from Shakespeare to Star Wars to Aristotle to Alice in Wonderland. It’ll probably be a slow read (still on Act I), but never mind that—it’s fascinating stuff.