NASA’s “women computers” 🚀

Katherine Johnson helped launch America’s first orbit around Earth. She also “computed the path” that would eventually get Neil Armstrong to the moon.  In 1962’s Mercury-Atlas launch, astronaut John Glenn personally requested that she hand-crunch the machine’s calculations around the planet.  She confirmed the math a day and a half later. The 2016 film Hidden […]

Famous artists and their recipes for good luck

Creatives obsess with how other successful creators do their work. Witness the 2013 bestseller [easyazon_link identifier=”0307273601″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Daily Rituals[/easyazon_link] by Mason Currey. But instead of focusing on the productive habits of successful artists, author Ellen Weinstein highlights their oddities. Her book [easyazon_link identifier=”1452162182″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Recipes for Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary […]

‘It looked like a Life Saver. It looked like a Life Saver up in the sky.’

Annie Dillard first published her essay ‘Total Eclipse’ in 1982. It’s since been republished The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New. Below are a couple of my favorite snippets. Read the entire essay on The Atlantic. On seeing the total solar eclipse, also known as the path of totality: If you think very fast, you […]