She’s a grandmother, she lives in a
big house in Chicago, and you’ve never
heard of her. Does she run the world?
Everyone who knows Lois Weisberg has a story about meeting Lois Weisberg, and although she has done thousands of things in her life and met thousands of people, all the stories are pretty much the same.
This article changed my life. I first read it in The New Kings of Nonfiction, edited by Ira Glass, when I moved to New York. I didn’t know anyone, and didn’t know that my tried and true methods of meeting people in college — join lots of things, don’t be afraid to invite people before they invite you — would translate in the real world. This article basically said that works in real life too. I quote this like it’s a doctrine. It might help you out.
Whenever I read histories of World War II or of countries with great political disruption (the Burundian or Cambodian genocide; the French Revolution), the most unnerving thing is how material wealth doesn’t really do a lot for you. If you want your wealth to mean something, you have four options: 1) Lie, and tell the invading army you’re on their side, throw them parties, and let them think they have a chance with your daughters. 2) Get a bank account in Nauru or Switzerland. 3) Make sure your money is in gold or jewelry or lots of guns. 4) Get out early.
I keep thinking about our gardeners in San Diego who had been surgeons in Vietnam, but during the war escaped to sunny San Diego to operate with weedwackers.
Then there was a tall, tired, rough and tumble looking man in an old coat I met at an Amnesty International meeting here in Brooklyn. He introduced himself as a dockworker from Turkmenistan. After a few meetings, I learned that he had actually been a political science and history professor over there. We bonded over our love of history.
All this to say, they should teach refugee skills in school.
“The main idea is to use different objects to focus one’s attention, and it could be a focus on sensations of breathing, or emotions or thoughts, or observing any type of body sensations,” she said. “But it’s about bringing the mind back to the here and now, as opposed to letting the mind drift.”
I remember first learning about meditation from my friend Kumar who gently explained that the whole point is to just meditate even if you’re bad at it, that completely silencing your brain is impossible. Just by trying you’ll be reducing your inner chatter by tons.
OK KIDS! HERE IT IS! It’s the title track from my upcoming EP, Mechanical Circles (FEATURING CHRIS AYER). I wanted to give you, YOU! Really, just you, the chance NAY the privilege to hear it before my EP Officially goes on sale Jan 31! So hear (see what I did there?) ya go!
One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves. Disunion revisits and reconsiders America’s most perilous period — using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded.
“The person who speaks ‘against’ has nothing to say. Why destroy when one can surpass? One limits oneself to what one attacks, and proves nothing thereby save one’s limitations.”—Natalie Clifford Barney, American-French feminist, salonist, writer, and (out) lesbian from the late 1800s early 1900s.
I am utterly, utterly at a loss for how to accurately impart my gratitude and humility and SHOCK at your help with this project and my efforts to do so will ultimately end up as a run-on sentence.
Thank you. $8,000 means I can do a few more than 4 or 5 songs. That’s pretty rad.
I’ve always had a faith in the relationship between creativity and community, and this last month you all helped bolster that belief.
I keep thinking of one of my favorite lyrics from the old Scottish ballad Wild Mountain Thyme: and we’ll all go together
to pull wild mountain thyme
all around the bloomin’ heather
will ye go lassie go.
“Because if this is gonna be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition — and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”—
Higgins, enjoying downtime between albums, enrolled at Melbourne Uni for a course in indigenous studies.
When most of her friends were at uni, Higgins, 27, was backpacking in Europe and writing the songs that would be on her No.1 debut, The Sound of White.
“Going to uni was a totally new experience for me, so that in itself was pretty fascinating,” Higgins says.
Higgins says the course opened her mind.
“It was great to exercise that part of my brain again and I did learn a lot, even if it was confronting and shocking at times. There is so much about our history, particularly the colonisation period, that doesn’t get taught in our schools.
We can learn so much from our indigenous stories. We need to veer from a limited and triumphalist view that one culture (ie: western, eastern, indigenous, modern, Christian, pagan, old, new, socialist, capitalist) is better than one and rather integrate the good ideas from all to re-balance.