The Plane of Original Conception
Eight great things worth sharing this week: a new take on Hamlet, Gurdeep Pandher, and a word for the fear of inadequate sunshine.
Here are eight things I thought were worth sharing this week:
I’m loving this quote from A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders: "No worthy problem is ever solved in the plane of its original conception.” Apparently it’s a paraphrasing of Einstein, that Saunders borrowed from a student, so I’m just not even going to try and make an official attribution. Instead, we’ll just bask in the beauty of the idea.
Just so you know, NASA has not, repeat NOT, found a doorway on Mars. (Sci-Fi writers - this is a must read.)
One of the questions I get most often about meditation is this: how long I should meditate for? Is 5 minutes enough? Do I have to do it every day? Short answer: it depends on why you’re meditating. I wrote a blog post about it, breaking down the details.
This coming Monday is William Shakespeare’s birthday, which I share mostly because it reminds me that you should absolutely go see the new movie The Northman. It’s Hamlet. Kind of. And while it’s not a perfect film, I loved it.
For those of you in the Los Angeles area, I will be teaching a mindful writing session at this retreat in the foothills of Altadena on June 11 & 12. There are a few residential spots available or you can sign up for a day pass.
Nerd Word of the Week: dunkelflaute. A German word meaning roughly “a dark lull,” it’s being used lately to refer to the fear of having inadequate sunshine or wind to maintain a viable supply of renewable energy.
For all the memoirists out there - Faith Adiele (one of my fellow meeting leaders at at A Very Important Meeting) will be teaching a Master Class at the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference in August. Registration is open until the end of June.