Toni Morrison told us “there’s no time for despair,” but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel it this week. I’m reading, I’m keeping my eyes and my ears and my heart open, looking for the helpers and finding nourishment, and trying to figure out how to do better.
Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing:
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- Advice from a caterpillar.
- I finished John Berger’s Bento’s Sketchbook and started Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider. (They speak to each other in interesting ways.)
- I made a zine about about anger and curiosity.
- I’m making a series of house collages for my wife.
- Art activity for parents and the young-at-heart: Printmaking with vegetables. (You could also watch my silly mashup, Ways of Seeing...with Penguins.)
- Documentary: a 1970 profile of Alice Coltrane. (Her album Journey In Satchidananda is a favorite around here.)
- Podcasts: I listened to the Yoko Ono episode of the Recording Artists show and I re-listened to Studs Terkel interviewing James Baldwin.
- Ear candy: After delivering one of the most inspiring impromptu speeches I’ve ever seen last weekend, Killer Mike and his partner El-P released Run The Jewels 4. (His homework for white Americans: spend an hour on YouTube learning from Jane Elliot.)
- RIP artist Christo. (I had no idea the Maysles Brothers made documentaries about his work with Jeanne-Claude.) RIP photographer Elsa Dorfman. (Errol Morris’s film about her, The B-Side, is streaming on Netflix.)
- Fixing small things when the big things are broken.
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PS. This photo of a bell hooks quote (from Outlaw Culture) comes from @museummammy, aka Kimberley Drew, who has a new book out this week called This Is What I Know About Art.