I finished reading The Starless Sea. I desperately wanted to love it. It had everything that captivates me: books, owls, honey, a labyrinthine library underground, Keepers of knowledge and mystery (dream job, btw). I did not love it.

I brought home a pasta-making machine. It’s a bit unwieldy, but the single-mindedness of cranking the lever and churning out ribbons of fettuccine is welcome. I’ll make more homemade pasta now. I even have the pesto chops for it.

Hmm… what else. I’ve been thinking a lot about the way we try to solve world problems in cold, tactical, technically complex ways. I think we need an antithesis to this — one that perhaps focuses on understanding, context, and contemplation. And also empathy, something we truly lack. My line of thought is that [[ we need the grace of Humanities in a world of STEM ]]. So we develop a vocabulary for understanding the human condition and continue to be curious. More on this in a dedicated essay, since writing is thinking.

Returning to office means it’s also the return of the “you should talk more” comment. I’m convinced that talking more doesn’t always equal talking sense, and sometimes I look at people who are quiet but command a room when they choose to speak, and I wonder how they do it. For some it’s a natural charisma, but for others it seems more like years of training. I sense that 10 years ago they might’ve been just shy/ awkward, but that’s turned into a wonderful capacity to listen carefully and comment only when necessary. I want to keep listening to them. Pretty sure they don’t get hit with “you should talk more” twice a day. Is it age? Experience? Respect? Weight of the voice? Physical size? Someone spill the beans here — I want in.

I restarted Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. It was technically my first anime, but in hindsight I should’ve started with something light, like Haikyuu. Now I’m seasoned enough to jump back into FMA:B and really enjoy it. Blossom has a lovely hardbound set of Fullmetal Alchemist manga that I have been eyeing.

Also on the engaging-my-eyeballs front, I’ve started The Sandman Vol 1: Preludes and Nocturnes! I’m following the story for now but I will absolutely revisit it for the art. Incredible.

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