In Pursuit of Wisdom & Beauty 1.8.2021
Happy Friday everyone. Here are few things I thought were interesting this week, and a few posts and announcements you may have missed.
Yes to life, in spite of everything. This is the first book I'm reading in 2021, discovered via Brain Pickings.
This quote: “Let us live for each other and for happiness; let us seek peace in our dear home, near the inland murmur of streams, and the gracious waving of trees, the beauteous vesture of earth, and sublime pageantry of the skies. Let us leave 'life,' that we may live.” - Mary Shelley, "The Last Man"
"Endless lively conversations over endless cups of coffee in literary cafes. It summons vintage images of coffee-fueled benders in Greenwich Village, beat generation poets, romantic dissidents, and sense makers lifting up the wall-to-wall carpet of American culture to see where all the dirt had been swept.
Portuguese animator Regina Pessoa offers an artful tribute to her beloved late family member in her award-winning short film Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days. Working from a combination mixed media, stop-motion and hand-drawn animations, Pessoa mined memories and mementos of her uncle to construct the piece. The resulting film is touched with beauty and sadness, as it celebrates a life lived mostly in solitude, but not without love, and doesn’t downplay or romanticise the very real agonies of obsessive compulsive disorder.
Inmates work together to raise $32,000 for student's tuition. Inspired by (wait for it...) a book club.
Why isn't there a line at the library?
Photographs of flowers submerged under water look like classic oil paintings. This would be fun to try.
When the recipe of the year is "Perfectly Pillowy Cinnamon Rolls," you make perfectly pillowy cinnamon rolls. I enjoyed learning about the tangzhong method (similar to Japanese milk bread).
Our 2021 calendar is on sale. While supplies last.
Have a great weekend!