Closer to home, I’m very fortunate to say, things are pretty good. I’ve got an idea for a real “bikes” blog post for the first time in a long time, and Alia has been making cookies like a cookie fiend, and that is delicious. I feel a lot of angst and anxiety about the state of the world. I’m trying to read a lot and keep writing and, you know, do things. This week’s list is a little short, a little under-developed, but nevertheless, there are some things here. I’ve got a backlog from last week (remember last week? It was like a year ago.) that I’ve been meaning to read that isn’t here yet (e.g., this essay about Calvino and Boston that I was super excited about…).
The interview I did with David Leo Rice is now up at Volume 1 Brooklyn. It was a really fun conversation and I learned a lot in the process of taking it from talking to pitching to finalizing the text.
But in other aspects of being alive, here are some other things:
by Ashley Morgan
I kind of hated the (sorry) high-school-essay feeling conclusion of this particular essay (I didn’t read the book chapter), but this is a good thing to think about, especially for me who reads Conan Doyle relatively uncritically (OK: not uncritically but you get the idea). Holmes is toxic as fuck, sure. And a lot of the details in the books are… let’s say “dated.” Read in one light they are a fascinating insight into contemporary attitudes towards British Empire (I hate myself for writing that sentence), but, you know, they’re also about a fairly problematic narcissistic drug addict. So, anyway. Something to chew on.
by Nick Marino
This seems like a cool and a good thing. I wish I could afford more art.
The Lab-Leak Hypothesis: For decades, scientists have been hot-wiring viruses in hopes of preventing a pandemic, not causing one. But what if …?
by Nicholson Baker
File this one under “oof.” I’ve linked to it before, but it bears re-linking. I love his books…and he’s a good journalist, too. This one hurt a little bit, but was worth the read. I learned things.