A wonderful, gratitude-filled essay by George Saunders.
An extraordinary, deeply affecting single-article issue of The New York Times Magazine. Unforgettable.
I’ve long chuckled at Roz Chast’s cartoons in The New Yorker. This graphic memoir, the first such book I’ve read, was so much more than a chuckle: funny, yes — but direct, deeply poignant, sharply observant. It’s hard to think about someone more perfectly born and raised to write (and draw) one specific book. Having finished the book, I’m looking forward to listening to this “Fresh Air” interview with the author.
The official flag for The Refugee Nation, a team of ten refugees currently competing in the Rio Olympics, draws its colour scheme and design from lifejackets. Designed by Syrian artist and refugee Yara Said, the flag is a vivid orange with a single black stripe.
Learn more about this beautiful effort.
From Michael Auping’s Seven Interviews with Tadao Ando:
The idea of a center is an interesting one, and one that is more of a Western concept. Roland Barthes made a comment on visiting Japan that it is a country that doesn’t seem to have a center; great depth, but no center. I think I carry that aspect of Japan with me. For me, the center of a building is always the person who is in it, experiencing the space from within it themselves. The challenge is in allowing each person to be the center, to be generous enough with the space to allow them to feel they are the center.
Fun audio project our Forest Park Forever team launched this summer.
I was hugely impressed with Ratliff over the years. It’s a treat to hear him talk about listening deeply and writing carefully, both early on and within his NYT critic’s role. Best wishes to him.
On a road trip last weekend, I finally got around to listening to this Nikole Hannah-Jones episode about the Normandy School District from July 2015. Truly dispiriting.
Impressive interactive presentation.
Two of my favorites.
I’m honored to be taking part in a roundtable discussion as part of this special event hosted by Washington University Libraries. Near St. Louis? Please join us on September 23.
Really enjoyed this book, which eschews icy, spacious luxury and celebrates lived-in warmth and often modest SQF. The choices on the first few pages (shown below) are representative of the book’s distinct point of view. (That kitchen towel is telling.)
From his extraordinary book, When Breath Becomes Air:
When you come to one of the many moments in life where you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.
Really enjoyed Carrie Brownstein’s impressive, observant, terrifically titled memoir.