Newsletter: What’s your favorite number?

Painters suspended on the Brooklyn bridge, October 1914 (Eugene de Salignac)

Hi all, I hope everyone had a chance to check out the solar eclipse this week. I saw it at 81% totality from DC. Those lucky enough to experience the total eclipse will appreciate Annie Dillard's essay below.

New music this week comes this way courtesy of Thundercat. Ry Cooder takes the crate.

web gems

  1. Autistic author Naoki Higashida provides a beautiful answer to the question: What's your favorite number?

  2. In celebration of the solar eclipse, The Atlantic republished Annie Dillard's epic piece on her encounter with a total eclipse in 1982. “We saw the wall of shadow coming, and screamed before it hit.”

  3. “When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” Robert Frank is best known for his 1958 book The Americans which featured 83 photos from Frank’s journey across the U.S. documenting race and material consumption in American life.

  4. Life coach David Cain provides an intriguing solution to avoid experiencing anxiety in advance: When You Can’t Stop Looking Ahead, Look Backwards

  5. If you want your food to taste better, take a picture.

Thought of the week

“Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.”

— Marcus Aurelius

New track on loop

Thundercat – Jethro

Digging in the crates

Ry Cooder – Soy Luz y Sombra

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!

Wells Baum (@bombtune)


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  1. I was in California so it was only a semi eclipse for us, but still a memorable day. I’m definitely checking out Annie Dillard’s piece, love to see read about the experience.

  2. I’m sure you saw plenty of shared photos though 😉 Google to find out when it’ll be in your part of the world.

  3. Unfortunately we didn’t see much of the eclipse here in Boston! I love the photo at the top of your post, I spent quite some time looking at it.