Come on over to Union Hall on August 20! We’ll be hosting an educational show-and-tell night, and we’ve curated a great lineup of presenters!
I will be presenting at Brooklyn Brainery’s “Show Us Your Junk” series tonight where collectors gather to share their collections. I will be talking about a series of pamphlets I collected from traditional healers in Johannesburg, SA!
"Loneliness and Solitude: A Reading List" up @ Longreads!
This brief list takes a dive into the discussion about loneliness and solitude in our contemporary lives—what it is, how we cope, and how it affects our bodies. Please share your recommendations: essays and articles in this vein, if you have them.
I wrote a reading list for Longreads! Read it over here. There are six long form pieces on loneliness and solitude from the Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, The Millions, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic and The New Republic.
Excited to put my list-making passions to good use! If you have suggestions for my next list, let me know!
“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts.”—Marianne Williamson (via thatkindofwoman)
“You gotta keep the step. You gotta limber up. You gotta loosen what you bolted down. You gotta use all you got. We know you’re tired, tired and scared. Happens to everyone, okay? Just don’t let your feet stop.”—Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance (via siftingflour)
Things Accomplished that Remind Me That All is Well and Everything Will Be Okay
1. Remembering to purchase toilet paper like a grown up instead of getting home much after all the bodegas have closed and ordering take out with the hope that the delivery man brings extra napkins.
2. Joining a new gym around the corner from my apartment, getting a trainer and putting in work at 7am. Then weighing myself to find out I lost 20 pounds since the beginning of March. My goal jeans fit.
3. Watching my plants that I’ve neglected to water continue to grow. A good reminder for myself — that which can be neglected can continue to grow…it’s never too late to revive
4. Having clear skin for a full week. Maintaining a regimen. Wearing purple lipstick.
5. Pitching a story. Said story getting picked up.
6. Waking up without extreme anxiety. Getting back to lucid dreaming.
7. Signing up for improv classes and taking the risk to do stand up open mic.
8. Asking for exactly what I want, kindly declining that which doesn’t align and reminding myself that what I want I can have.
“I dont get depressed. When I feel an attack, I withdraw. I disappear, I replenish, and then I come back. I’m not going to wallow in self-pity and not live my life.”—Naomi Campbell (via pinkvelourtracksuit)
“‘You don’t actually get over things… you incorporate them. They become part of everything you are. I don’t mean that you walk about crying all the time. But you change.’”—When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living, by Mark Matousek (via prematal)
Future Dead Body Technology @ Morbid Anatomy Museum
Two years ago, I learned about the Morbid Anatomy Museum which is now a “a new 4,200 square foot non-profit institution dedicated to the celebration and exhibition of artifacts, histories and ideas which fall between the cracks of high and low culture, death and beauty, and disciplinary divides.”
Last night, I had the pleasure of attending Future Dead Body Technology w/ John Troyer at the Morbid Anatomy Museum where I learned about low-impact disposal of human bodies and the automation of Islamic funeral washing in Iran. I know it sounds a bit macabre but I find the intersection between death, technology and ritual to be quite fascinating if for no other reason than the fact that we’re all going to die and our rituals around memorialize people and disposing bodies has evolved quite a bit.
I can’t wait until I begin my docent duties in September.