odds and ends / 6.2.2017

Text found by stopping off place.
Milton Avery (1885-1965), Sitters by the Sea.
Julianne Swartz, Bubble Portrait (cloud swirl), 2005, found thanks to A Cup of Jo.
Dandelion discard pile by Studio Drift, found thanks to bonbon oiseau.
Photo of worm trails in silty mud I snapped a few weeks ago.

It’s hard to imagine anyone consciously choosing to leave a legacy of impoverishment, economic disruption, increasingly bizarre weather, health impacts ranging from heat strokes to spread of diseases, rising sea levels and flooding — but that is just what the president has done.


Walter Kirn, "You Can Run ..." Harpers April 2017.


In news of ordinary life, we've been checking cookbooks out of the library; I'm testing out this and this. We made these yogurt biscuits this morning; as you might expect, not quite as good as a cream or buttermilk biscuit, but still passably biscuity when warm from the oven.

Recent reads I'd recommend: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi; The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, and The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald. This weekend is the Case Book Sale, and I'm looking forward to making a wholly-unrealistic summer reading list from whatever I find there.

Art-wise: looking forward to Brand-New and Terrific; hoping to see Gray Matters.

On TV: captivated by American Epic and Victorian Slum House.


Toni Morrison on work: 'I have never considered the level of labor to be the measure of myself, and I have never placed the security of a job above the value of home.'


'I wish I loved lawnmowers.'