Hope Index Vol. 6: Hallelujah in the Zeitgeist
Hands up emoji and a round of applause for our content contributors this week at Upwrite! Really felt great to be back in action. New week, new curiosities, and a tangled web of socio-political-cultural connections rounded up for your weekend reading pleasure.
"Hallelujah" -- I know I've plugged Malcolm Gladwell's "Revisionist History" podcast before, and pretty recently, but this episode absolutely blew me away. Examining theories of genius and the power that moves in the zeitgeist by using the cultural lens of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"? Nothing could be more our favorite flavor. If you've never wondered whether you're a Cezanne-style, slow-burn, ever-tinkering kind of an artist or a Picasso meant to blow your preferred genre wide open, it's time to ask yourself. For the record, guys, Kanye West is a Picasso. And so is Ashley Abramson.
Speaking of our favorite flavors, if you're into food blogs -- or just into kitchen disasters, this piece in the Atlantic will "appeal." Addressing the irony, the triumph, the defeat and the importance of "weird food" in our culture, it's a short read that revisits one of our favorite concepts -- while "high" art gets all the attention, it's the "low" practice of it that changes the world. One taste at a time.
Culinary experts aren't the only curbside prophets worth a click this week. Werner Herzog has some stuff to say, and we are really feeling it. He's asking the important questions -- like, "Would you die for the Pokemons?" But he's also doing the important filmmaking, plumbing some philosophical depths, and being real honest all the time about the gritty, animal things about us humans.
Anxiety was in the air for all of the month of July. Violence, politicians, general bad vibes -- it just never seemed to quit. This piece in Coffee & Crumbs written by a mother that lives with anxiety is direct, poetic, lovely. Let it break your heart a little bit. We'll all be closer to our better, broken selves that way.
DJ/Donut/Doctor of Spins (photo cred, life cred, EMOJI CRED, happy tears cred, TBQH cred) has created a hope-stirring, nostalgia awakening August Playlist with a John Mayer song and some Jimmy Eat World as well as some #hot #new #takes that I'm told people younger than me are listening to. Your ears will thank you. Maybe bump this for 24 hours in honor of Ashley/my joint birthday on August 12/13? JUST AN IDEA.
Signing off to go eat some ramen (it's the second trimester, y'all) and maybe indulge in a little Thomas the Tank engine (it's Friday night, after all.) Drink some Mike's Hards for me, will you? Cheers.