Quick memoranda from the executive editor.
- This Politifact guide on how to read the news, when to read the news, and when to shut off the fucking news already is really helpful, if, like me, you have become a tortured news junkie during the pandemic.
- Dave Eggers did a great Q&A on the pandemic for the Times, which is the perfect balance of realism, catharsis, and humor.
- Here’s a comforting reflection on enduring a pandemic from somebody who lived through the SARS outbreak in Hong Kong.
- More importantly, some non-pandemic goodies:
- You might have missed this wonderful, interactive essay from Errol Morris last year, The Pianist and The Lobster. A long read you can tuck into, with plenty of art, beauty, melancholy—and of course, lobsters—to consider.
- Endless spring beauty and peaceful musings abound on Forde Abbey’s Instagram feed.
- Here is a segment of soothing ambient music, the first in a 50-week series, to facilitate a peaceful pause for your mind and spirit.
- And finally, here is a wonderful old film from 1956 about the timeless art of Ikebana: