A.3 - Some Notes on Attunement, by Zadie Smith →
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I want to say the first time I listened to Elliott Smith changed me, turned me into a different person, but that comes later. The first time I listened to him, I didn’t even realize it, and it was but background noise. Part of Good Will Hunting, a movie I was too young to understand at the time.
This week, Alvin (@chipmnk) riffs off a cerebral essay by Zadie Smith in a way that is brave and honest and makes me cry.
A.2 - Some Thoughts on Mercy, by Ross Gay →
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I wasn’t aware of my race until recently. At least, that’s how it feels. Despite the diverse school, the languages swirling around me, the Saturdays spent in Korean school.
I have this written down from a couple years ago but never posted it:
I promise I won’t do this every day, but chipmnk's response to the second essay in our slow procession through a list of 50 is beautiful, important, and perfect. Go read it.
Q.1 – Documents, by Charles D'Ambrosio →
I have begun a design/writing project with chipmunk and I’m excited about it.
I describe it this way:
This is a daily* practice exercise based in memory, reaction, and creative expression. It is also an attempt to become a better person. It is a form of taking control, of manifesting worth, meaning, and purpose through engagement.
There are no hard-and-fast rules: we picked a list, we read the article, and we react. I will try to do this in ways that are artful, enriching, and interesting. Some days this will go better than others.
* within three days, because I also believe in self-compassion.
I welcome all thoughts, reactions, and constructive criticisms (but be kind, please).