THE BOMB, BOTH OF THEM
from the NY times interview with surgeon general vivek murthy:
I read an article you wrote when you were a medical student, and you said: “Understanding who you are and who you are becoming through your experiences is the single most important part of medical training and practice.” Who have you become through your experiences as surgeon general?
I have come to believe that America is a promise we have made to one another. I have never felt more inspired to be part of upholding this ideal, because in the faces and the stories of the people that I’ve met all around the country, I have found people who are worth fighting for.
yes, another post about letter of recommendation. i love that series. thank you, new york times magazine. from the letter of recommendation about the youtube series primitive technology and its creator, “the Man”:
Compared with most internet stars, the Man is also unusually reticent. He never gives his name. (I think of him simply as the Man.) And a close reading of the comments section reveals only that he lives in Queensland, Australia; that he built his first hut when he was 11; and that he used to make a living mowing lawns.
i really do wish there were some cool non-strange jonestown-like way where we could all die peacefully, in one very chill group. tho perhaps would help to not know your Jonestown time. perhaps also the group nature might be frightening. ok, maybe still workshopping this.
also thinking about the concept of every moment being perfect…i see what they (anonymous they) mean, but so many moments are drudgery. how to find the beauty in all those drudgey moments? i’m pretty good at seeing the good, but lately it just feels like endless slogging. please see old face post for more.
…though this quote, inspired by, but not from, apiece apart:
“I wanted to write something in the tradition of the hallelujah choruses but from a different point of view. I think the other song that is closely related to that is ‘Anthem.’ It’s the notion that there is no perfection–that this is a broken world and we live with broken hearts and broken lives but still that is no alibi for anything. On the contrary, you have to stand up and say hallelujah under those circumstances.” — leonard cohen
also known as “old tired face”
another fine essay by molly young: “letter of recommendation: instagram explore,” about the weird, wonderful rabbit hole of instagram:
The fire hose introduced me, for example, to Giulianna Maria Bosco (@giuliannaa), who is a 19-year-old college sophomore with a hobby of applying trompe l’oeil makeup that appears to slice her face in half on a diagonal axis and flip one half upside down. What figment of the algorithm brought Bosco to my Explore page? I dunno. But there she was one night, with a jagged line running across her face, splitting it in two, an eyebrow drawn on her left cheek, and an inverted nose and mouth rendered in eyeliner on her forehead. Two faces were laid atop one, and both were looking back at me, saying something like: “There are so many ways to be yourself in the world. Here is one of them.”
my new personal letter of recommendation: fake uggs