On Crises and Middles

Ever feel “fair-to-middling”? In The Curator, L.L. Barkat ruminates on “middles”: Middle places can be unsettling. I wrote a whole novella I now look upon as a “middle” book. I wrote it at the same time I was fiddling with beginnings. And, oddly enough, I started the novella with the words, “The End.” The End is a logical place [Read More...]

A Seersucker Manifesto

Seersucker: the fabric of summer (and summer is coming!). The Curator recently republished a tongue-in-cheek reflection on seersucker and irony and a few other things: More than anything, to wear seersucker well you have to believe in it — own it 100%. No hesitation; no waffling; no backpedaling. If you walk into an H&M, see a seersucker [Read More...]

Creativity and Minecraft

Here’s an interesting piece: the case for creating — and video games: Things progressed. Servers popped up where players could work together in a world. Some players replicated real-world buildings and spaces. Conferences were held. People started to wonder about applications outside of video games: education? design? urban planning? Mojang, the maker of Minecraft, is now [Read More...]

The Importance of Family Farming

The Curator (which has a new look!) published an interesting little piece on the trend toward transparency in food systems and the importance of a very old institution: We should be encouraged to note that a people-based food system isn’t just a trend; it’s the model by which most of the world’s food is grown. Family [Read More...]


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