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 writing is thinking.. So we develop a vocabulary for understanding the human condition and continue to be curious. More on this in a dedicated essay, since
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.