Hi! Long time no see. It’s really only been about two weeks, but it feels like a really long time to me. In those two weeks, my work/freelance/personal lives consumed me and I got a cold that kicked my ass. I’ve kind of been on the Internet, but not in a particularly mindful way.
But those two weeks off were actually a really good thing, because I realized just how much I miss doing this as a regular thing. Back when I first started, I would write 2-3 posts a week. Now I’m lucky if I can get a Link Party out on time. I want to get back to a regular writing schedule, so that I have time to do what I actually, really love I can have consistent brain workouts. This means reshuffling of priorities, setting harder deadlines with myself and probably less sleep. I have a feeling that this will all be worth it in the long run.
You, dear reader, have been consistently awesome from the beginning. I am always shocked to hear from people, in comment form or IRL, when they say how much they like it. Thank you for being the best.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:
1. This 24-year-old woman tried a Coke for the first time. I really loved this essay — I thought it was extremely well-written and weaved in all the right social elements.
2. Ayahuasca is having a moment.
3. The wonderful house dress.
4. If you haven’t read the LA Times “Framed” series, you should: it is a wild, wild ride.
5. Watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a film about technology.
6. Elizabeth Holmes and the story of Theranos.
7. The last time Luc Sante saw Jean-Michel Basquiat. This type of personal essay is one of the many reasons why I love the Internet as a writing space: a quick but powerful thought.
8. If you don’t know much about Gene Wilder or Gilda Radner, you need to read this post ASAP.
9. Why aren’t we desperate for the new iPhone?
10. The Internet is obsessed with live streams of nothing.
And two bonuses: Whoever runs Merriam-Webster’s Twitter is a savage we can all take some lessons from, and a great video from PBS Idea Channel asking if the Internet is a public space.
Have a wonderful weekend.