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Jun
02
Book report for May 2024

Book report for May 2024

Letter No. 85: Includes a shocking development, early Steinbeck, and Pluto. The most startling thing about Dr Essai’s reading
2 min read
May
31
Does the eye take in more than we think? Or, maybe luck isn’t blind

Does the eye take in more than we think? Or, maybe luck isn’t blind

Letter No. 84: Includes incongruity, dogs, and rumpled garments. When I was 18 years old, as a graduation gift my
4 min read
May
22
Sometimes you wait for the picture to make itself

Sometimes you wait for the picture to make itself

Letter No. 83: Includes a film crew, wet horses, and three ducks. In the summer of 2008, I was traveling
5 min read
May
09
Book report for April 2024

Book report for April 2024

Letter No. 82: Includes a rock star, puzzling fictional physics, and atomic habits that have nothing to do with physics.
1 min read
May
07
Flowers make yellow look easy

Flowers make yellow look easy

Letter No. 81: Includes gratuitous use of Goethe and probably your first ever encounter with a paragraph that includes mention
2 min read
May
01
Business as usual in the anxiety economy

Business as usual in the anxiety economy

Letter No. 80: Includes dubious use of data (shocking!), corporate cynicism (no!), Crime Crime Grades (sic!), and someone with dirty
6 min read
Apr
19
Onward to the Path of Totality, followed by a moonshadow

Onward to the Path of Totality, followed by a moonshadow

Letter No. 79: Includes much casual use of the word “saros,” some old astronomy, and not much ineffable. A saros
8 min read
Apr
10
Time for gratitude

Time for gratitude

Letter No. 78: Includes nothing but thanks. Dr Essai is just back from a journey to the Path of Totality—
1 min read
Apr
06
Book report for March 2024

Book report for March 2024

Letter No. 77: Includes smutty essayism and many colors. Dr Essai, with an eye on the beginning of American baseball
2 min read
Mar
29
Imagining the sullen cave girl who became the world’s first artist

Imagining the sullen cave girl who became the world’s first artist

Letter No. 76: Includes someone eating an oyster, disaffected cave youth, and cogitation about color. The oldest known painters exhibited
6 min read