Sum – looks like spring is taking its time and the outside looks depressing here in Toronto. So my jam for the month is full of upbeat music to get me going, especially Black Panther soundtrack. I am also listening to Frank Ocean’s rendition of Moon River during downtown travels. His voice is liquid cocaine.
We’ve fallen behind and stockpiled on tunes. Here’s what’s been on AUG/SEPT while visiting mountains, taking weekends away, driving late nights, waking up late, rediscovering things, losing things, cooking, chatting, partying and such and so on
SZA – Love Galore ft. Travis Scott \ Maroon 5 – What Lovers Do ft. SZA \ Kendrick Lamar – LOYALTY. ft. Rihanna \ Mura Masa – Messy Love \ DJ Khaled – Wild Thoughts ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tyler \ Billie Eilish – Bellyache (Mariam Hill Remix) \ Ricky Blaze – Apart ft. Alexus Rose, Beenie Man \ French Montana – Unforgettable ft. Swae Lee
Protoje – Who Knows ft. Chronixx \ Mafikizolo ft. Uhuru Khona \ Anderson Paak. – Right There \ Jay Z – Moonlight \ J. Bavin, Willy William – Mi Gente
Camila Cabello – Havana ft. Young Thug \ JP Cooper – She’s on my mind \ Barrington Levy – The Vibe is Right \ Shakira – Cantaje ft. Maluma
Around this time last year, the UNDP’s (United Nations Development Programme) youth council approached AOD (Academy of Design), to contribute a piece of live art to their yearly development pannel/conference. Their brief was open, their only request being that the piece be a direct response to the content and discussion that would take place in the conference.
We thought it sounded like an excellent plan and, fascinated as always with the idea of art and design baring witness and starting conversation, we decided to create a “live information graphics” piece. It was inspired by a mix of live painting, life drawing and the subjective objectivity of collecting information about people.
Students were given a restricted set of colours and materials to work with – each bit corresponding to an item in the legend that accompanied the final graphics.
Every year for the past 5 years I have been taking on the personal challenge of reading 50 books a year. Of course, I’ve yet to actually achieve said goal, averaging at approximately 20 books/year, however as they say – it’s the journey not the destination eh? I’ve read some excellent books over the past 5 years, and some others which, let’s just say, helped me overcome my obsession with always finishing a book. As far as I’m concerned some books are shelf fodder! huff! Anyway,
One of the major beauties of reading is in the population of the mind with new ideas. Some books leave behind imprints – strong images like mental photographs. I don’t remember the action or the characters, but a few particularly poignant scenes linger like rediscovered artefacts. These are often scenes which reveal something new about the world or introduce me to something I had never heard of before. They become part of my mental museum’s permanent collection.
But more satisfying still, are those books which don’t simply populate you with visions, but with ideas so thoroughly and beautifully elaborated they unwind in curled, lettered strings from each page and loom themselves into the fabric of your being. Books which change your mind, open it, stretch it, challenge it. I love that feeling.
So after the 5th year of 50 books (~ ~) the 1st instalment of Ideas That Stayed from Books I’ve Encountered So Far:
November 8th marked 6 months of living in Sri Lanka. I’ve already been here for half a year, which is 1/4th of my contract and intended time here. (I am approximately 1/4th of the way through my life as well, as a fun side note).
Do I feel 25% more prepared to deal with the heat, the dust, learning to teach, living alone, starting from scratch, improvising everything; traveling, exploring alone, meeting new people, not losing the old ones; taking tuk tuks, bargaining for pots, cycling at night, paying all my bills; paying too much for wine, remembering names, learning streets, seeing the South, North, East, being at home away from home? Have I done 25% of what I intended to do? (I haven’t even scratched the surface)
25% more content has been added to my every day life, and if anything, I am still processing. Moving has been 100% what I hoped it would be and 120% I was afraid it would be.
Luckily I only considered 1% of the fears (“What if it sucks?”) and came anyway.
All things considered, a lot has happened that I am pleased about. Here are some highlights: