From the world pool: just for fun edition

It’s been a while since I’ve done a world pool post, partly because the news has just been so depressing. And yes, I’ve got depressing stuff (also useful/interesting), but I’m going to save it for later and start 2019 with happier content.

Art + Design + Writing

Poetry

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver died on January 17th. I loved her writing. Rather than an obituary, have something written when she was alive.

What Mary Oliver’s Critics Don’t Understand

Nature […] with its endless cycles of death and rebirth, fascinated her. Walking in the woods, she developed a method that has become the hallmark of her poetry, taking notice simply of whatever happens to present itself. Like Rumi, another of her models, Oliver seeks to combine the spiritual life with the concrete: an encounter with a deer, the kisses of a lover, even a deformed and stillborn kitten. “To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work,” she writes.

Art

Embroidering the Earth’s Mantle, Remedios Varo, 1961 

“Sometimes the city lands right on top of you.” 

Friendly tower cranes, grinning street signs, and other adventures in augmented reality

Photography

Interview: Photographer Spends 10 Years Capturing the Visual Symphony of Waves

Just cool

Frozen in time: the miraculous gold rush movies buried under the Yukon ice 

Just for fun

Why you’re tying your shoelaces all wrong

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