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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
Mar
21
Things I’m certain about, though I could be wrong, volume one

Things I’m certain about, though I could be wrong, volume one

Letter No. 75: Includes an awful lot of cocksure opinions, with no fallback plan. * There is no idea so good
2 min read
Mar
11
Book report for February 2024

Book report for February 2024

Nothing remarkable about this past month’s reading, save for Rachel Kadish’s The Weight of Ink, a novel that I heartily recommend. What are you reading, Jogglers?
2 min read