And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.— Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet (1923)
A train whistle off in the distance What engine blows so mournfully? What station awaits?
I love the smell of newly printed fresh ink, but oh, what fresh hell is this?
No. 2 Son, 12, has always been curious about how things work. He’s currently fascinated by computer operating systems. Yesterday he asked which was the worst version of Windows.
Which led me to talk about how difficult it was to get people to upgrade from Windows95, tools that are good enough, planned obsolescence, creation of demand for useless things, tailfins on cars, fast fashion, and the insanity of an economic system that relies on creating wants and cannot satisfy needs.
When will publishers once again have the courage to publish footnotes instead of endnotes? At least Eric Asphaug’s When the Earth had Two Moons (Custom House, 2019) 📚 has proper superscript notations instead of vague page references in the notes. Anyway, with all this back-and-forth I’m still only on page 5. Good book, so far, and good notes; and, no, electronic media would not help.
Changing the filter, wiping noses, going to meetings, picking up around the house, washing dishes, checking the dip stick, don’t let yourself think these are distracting you from your more serious pursuits. —Gary Snyder
Among other readings for today, A Rule is to Break: a child’s guide to Anarchy (2012) 📚.