#65: Wilder than that

Rice paddy art, talking clocks, the David Bowie book club, etc.


Lovely Linky Bits

Thoughtful reads and so forth.

Why Do We Need to Sleep?
“Ask researchers this question, and listen as, like clockwork, a sense of awe and frustration creeps into their voices. In a way, it’s startling how universal sleep is: In the midst of the hurried scramble for survival, across eons of bloodshed and death and flight, uncountable millions of living things have laid themselves down for a nice, long bout of unconsciousness. This hardly seems conducive to living to fight another day. ‘It’s crazy, but there you are,’ says Tarja Porkka-Heiskanen of the University of Helsinki, a leading sleep biologist. That such a risky habit is so common, and so persistent, suggests that whatever is happening is of the utmost importance. Whatever sleep gives to the sleeper is worth tempting death over and over again, for a lifetime.”

David Steindl-Rast — Anatomy of Gratitude
“Well, for me, this idea of listening and really looking and beholding — that comes in when people ask, ‘Well, how shall we practice this gratefulness?’ And there is a very simple kind of methodology to it: Stop, look, go. Most of us — caught up in schedules and deadlines and rushing around, and so the first thing is that we have to stop, because otherwise we are not really coming into this present moment at all, and we can’t even appreciate the opportunity that is given to us, because we rush by, and it rushes by. So stopping is the first thing.”

A Forest of Furniture Is Growing in England
“Saying that you’re going to visit a forest of chairs in the English Midlands sounds like you’re embarking on an adventure in Narnia, and in Munro’s original vision, he imagined chairs and tables lined up in neat orchard rows. The field is wilder than that. Berries grow among the trees, pheasants and rabbits nestle in the grass, harvest mice live in the shed, and birds nest in the lamps. But it doesn’t feel so different from other agricultural places until you walk down rows and see trees with, simultaneously, all their usual attributes—branches, leaves, roots—and all the attributes of chairs—backs, seats, legs, set at right angles.”

Curiosities & Delights

Some things to be glad about.

Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.
A history of sticks.
Portraits of bureaucracy.
Why only two words for tea?
Roadside gyms for cheeky parrots.
A collection of 21st century landscapes.
Giant sculptures of cats wearing helmets.
A map of the world’s preferred literature.
Stream playlists from Haruki Murakami and Kurt Cobain.
And here’s the David Bowie book club.

Moving Pictures

Video treats upon which to press play.

Slava Polunin’s surreal wonderland.
One thousand talking clocks.
Elaborate rice paddy art.
How Sesame Street’s puppets work.
And here’s Dunkirk, reimagined as a silent film.