2022 recommendations

November 2022

I wanted to start this month with a bit of catch-up, posting some things from earlier in the year that I intended to write about earlier but, for one reason or another, never did. First is a pair of articles from the New Yorker: “A Lake in Florida is Suing to Protect Itself,” by Elizabeth …

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April 2021

Phoenix is sometimes referred as the most ecologically unsustainable city in the world. A city of millions in the the middle of a desert, it says something about what human effort and ingenuity make possible but also perhaps about how long impossibility may require to manifest itself. Needless to say, the city depends entirely on …

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2019 recommendations

It’s Only Natural

As I’ve written about here before, I am often deeply skeptical of the way we use the word “natural.” I’m thinking in particular of the way it is appended to all kinds of products (food, beauty and cleaning products, and so on) as a kind of code for safe, wholesome, and generally morally superior as …

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2015 recommendations

Recommendations for May 17, 2015

I’ll start things off this week with some music for you to listen to while you read the rest: EP: Strings of Gold by I Will, I Swear I don’t know anything at all about this band, and I continually mix up the name of the band with the name of the record (doesn’t “Strings …

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2013 recommendations

Recommendations for June 30, 2013

I have no particular preamble this week. Here’s some stuff I like: Album: “Run the Jewels” by Killer Mike and El-P   Doing something I don’t usually do: posting this without actually having listened to most of it yet. But the Miller Mike album, which El-P produced, was one of the best records of 2012, …

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Recommendations for May 10, 2013

A couple of good, and very different, things to read this week, and then some new music. Book Excerpt: Octopus: The Footed Void by Caspar Henderson It turns out octopuses are really fascinating. (And no, the plural is not “octopi”— the root is Greek, not Latin. Henderson uses “octopods,” which may be the more correct …

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