A post for the duration: what’s inspiring us or helping us get through? Music, film, books, games, or just sharing what’s keeping us occupied as we hunker down.
No politics, no aggro, no drama.
Starting us off with this lovely short (7 min) interview on NPR, originally played last year and broadcast again this week. American poet Ross Gay spent a year writing daily essays about things that delight him. In the interview they discuss what that was about and he reads from The Book of Delights.
I suppose I could spend time theorizing how it is that people are not bad to each other, but that’s really not the point. The point is that in almost every instance of our lives – our social lives – we are, if we pay attention, in the midst of an almost constant, if subtle, caretaking. Holding doors open, offering elbows at crosswalks, letting someone else go first, helping with the heavy bags, reaching what’s too high or what’s been dropped, pulling someone back to their feet, stopping at the car wreck, at the struck dog, the alternating merge, also known as the zipper – this caretaking is our default mode, and it’s always a lie that convinces us to act or believe otherwise – always.
Interview transcript in link.