The Almost Unknown Art of Miles Davis

Art by Miles Davis, from “Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork”

Wow, what a week. The events in Ferguson, Missouri over the past week have made me think a lot about memory—personal memory, collective memory, historical memory. Pondering the meaning of memory makes me also think about forgetting. What an odd thing that we move so sporadically between remembering and forgetting. This and this are worth reading on the topics of race, Ferguson, and how we remember—and forget—U.S. history…especially good reads for European American folks.

I have a terrible short term memory. I have a hard time remembering names of people I just met, or what I walked in the room to grab, or the directions someone just told me. Unfortunately my long term memory also suffers from black holes and gray areas. I spend a lot of time looking things up, re-viewing, asking questions. In a way, I suppose this can be helpful: I get to re-integrate information in new contexts every time I look something up to confirm a memory. Perhaps re-membering looks more like re-integrating for me.

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Our brain is amazing… at creating memories that never existed. - Memory and Forgetting, RadioLab

Our memories are a bit faulty. - The Great Forgetting, Aeon Magazine

Despite faulty memory, if we take more time to think and deeply reflect in the present, we build empathy for others. And we all need more empathy. – No Time to Think, New York Times

Remembering a tremendous musician and, now we know, visual artist - The (almost) unknown art of Miles Davis, Dangerous Minds 

 

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Weekly Digest - I'm HereThis week I’m on Orcas Island in the San Juan islands with my best friends. There’s nothing quite like island time, and I’m going to spend the next handful of days here. Just being here.

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This series of photographs is incredible – The Topography of Tears

Less - Greg McKeown: Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

On the presence of being lost in thought - Raptitude, Life is WAY simpler than you think

“Imagine that mobile device in your pocket as a megaphone stitched to your head such that it amplifies every little thought and moment you experience…That’s a lot of noise and very little of it is ever heard the way silence brings about listening.” - The Silence of The Past Speaks Loudest to Our Presence

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Weekly Dispatch - Caligater

I’ve been telling myself all sorts of stories lately; I’m caught in my head, living in what-ifs and imaginary (usually terrible) futures. I do this, naturally, when I’m stressed, or standing at an impasse. I’m probably never a better story-teller than when I tell myself stories of the potential catastrophes of my life.

I’m working on shifting the energy I spend catastrophizing to spending it on writing myself into better stories. So, this week’s dispatch is about story.

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I dig what Brian Bailey and crew are doing to build Uncommon, a new type of “slow web” online community. “The goal is to make it a refreshing stop whether you visit each day or once a month. It’s also designed to be limited…We like to say Uncommon is a trampoline, not a rabbit hole.” I can’t wait to hang out on the front porch. - Finally, A Social Network That Won’t Turn Us Into Addicts–But How Will It Thrive?

Ohhh this is too good. – How To Respond to Criticism

“I believe our stories can change the world.” I usually cringe at these sorts of platitudes, but I believed it when Dustin said it. – Creative Spark: Dustin Lance Black

On Keeping a Notebook in the Digital Age and Why You Should Write

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