🗞 Another great photo-essay in the World Through a Lens series from the New York Times. This time by @craigmod, who happens to be a registered user on micro.blog. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to be very active over here. I’m considering becoming a member of his special projects

photo by Craig Mod

Currently reading: In de huid van de Boeddha by Paul van der Velde 📚

🗞I love the World through a Lens series in the New York Times.

The Transfixing Beauty of Starling Murmurations. Great photography and beautifully written by Søren Solkær.

“That was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my entire life,” she said. I had to agree with her.

Finished reading: Het Achterhuis by Anne Frank 📚

Currently reading: On Benefits by Lucius Annaeus Seneca 📚

Currently reading: Mirror, Mirror & A History Of The Human Love Affair With Reflection by Mark Pendergrast 📚

📚 Halfway through Warren Ellis’ Nina Simone’s Gum and it’s great! This fragment made me smile:

“Trying to be cool and totally not. I was instantly soaked in perspiration and I undid the fourth button on my best floral shirt. Three buttons is day time, four is for concerts.”

📚 Very excited to read this book I got as a gift from friends!

Written by one of my favourite musicians about one of my favourite musicians: Nina Simone’s Gum by Warren Ellis.

📚 After years (!) of off and on reading, I finally finished A Phenomenology of Landscape (1997) by Christopher Tilley. ★★★★

Not an easy read, but for me, it was a great introduction to contemporary archeological methodology, as well as phenomenological philosophy.

📚🎵 Re-reading In the Field - The Art of Field Recording.

I recently upgraded my audio recording kit, which made me excited again about sound art and artists involved in field recording. It’s a joy to read about the practices of Annea Lockwood, Andrea Polli and Steven Feld.

📚 The current situation in Gaza made me think again about this thought provoking book by Dominique Moïsi: The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are Reshaping the World. It really is a clash of predominant cultural emotions: fear versus humiliation.

📚 Finished reading The places that scare you by Pema Chödrön. This book proved to be an excellent introduction to Buddhism for me. Mainly because Chödrön has a very accessible writing style. But also because a lot of Buddhist concepts are pretty similar to those in Stoicism.

📚 currently reading: Fantoomgroei

🗞 Great essay by Timothy Snyder: The American Abyss

“The Republican Party is a coalition of two types of people: those who would game the system (most of the politicians, some of the voters) and those who dream of breaking it (a few of the politicians, many of the voters).”

📚Currently reading: Natuurdagboek by Nescio.

📚Thrilling excerpt from John Lennon, 1980: The Last Days in the Life in Smithsonian Magazine. I just bought the e-book version.

“I hope I die before Yoko,” he said, “because if Yoko died I wouldn’t know how to survive. I couldn’t carry on.”

🗞 Great interactive article on ubiquitous generative adversarial networks in The New York Times

“We created our own A.I. system to understand how easy it is to generate different fake faces.”

📚 Gilles Deleuze, A Stoic

When one thinks of Gilles Deleuze, Stoicism might not be the first thing that comes to mind.

Indeed. The Logic of Sense is now definitely one of the first books on my reading list.

🗞The President’s Taxes. Some serious investigative journalism by The New York Times, that reads like a fairytale.

“It was springtime at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, and the favor-seekers were swarming”

(The article and infographics alone are worth my online subscription)

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

Anne Frank 💬📚

I’m slowly progressing with Anne Frank’s Diary of a young girl (my first reading in my adult lifetime). This quote is encouraging me to keep writing my diary whenever possible.

Currently reading in the hammock in our garden: On the Shortness of Life by Seneca 📚

Currently reading: Space and place by Yi-fu Tuan 📚

So far, it’s a very inspiring read. The book starts by describing how a young child experiences the spatial world and how that impacts all later experiences in life.

📚 From A to B and Back Again - The Philosophy of Andy Warhol ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

📚 Books to read (or to finally finish) this summer:

  • Andy Warhol - From A to B and back again - The philosophy of Andy Warhol

  • Yi-Fu Tuan - Space and Place - The Perspective of Experience

  • Anne Frank - Het Achterhuis

  • Ron Gorow - Hearing and Writing Music

  • Seneca - Dialogues

📚💬 I keep on quoting Andy Warhol. In unexpected ways he can be like a kindred spirit of mine whilst being the exact opposite of me. As a country boy living in the city, this one stood out to me in this regard.