Links that may or may not be related to gardens, food, travel, nature, or heterotopias and liminal spaces but probably are. Sources in parentheses.
amusing fossil story: Started Out as a Fish. How Did It End Up Like This? (NYT – gifted article). Funny, interesting tale of our fish ancestor. “Although the Late Devonian was a dangerous time to be prey, it was also a place of mental peace — a time before self-awareness and embarrassment. ‘Everyone is, like, only barely conscious of the idea that they’re alive,’ Mr. Otoo said. ‘It’s great, just vibes.'” (If you now have The Killers’ “Mr Brightside” in your ear, you’re welcome.)
short essay: Friends are under-clustered. Why? We should live closer to our friends (Substack/Ben Southwood). Yep. <sad face>
1-1/2-min video: 24-hour time-lapse video of Arctic summer filmed at a polar station in Svalbard, in northern Norway (TKSST/TMN)
essay/book review: A Cosmos Indoors, a review of Extinct: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects (London Review of Books/Andrew O’Hagan). The best kind of book review, an essay in its own right. “The future wants to look like a Stanley Kubrick set, but ends up happening next to an Aga. The ambience of futurity never becomes extinct, though, even when its talismanic objects disappear.”
30-sec video: it’s a big and joyful event — called kosläpp (“cow release”) — in Sweden when the cows are let out to graze in spring (You Tube/Skånemejerier – Sweden’s leading dairy company)
Lovely. The fish was awesome but I could have watched those cows for a long time. Their happiness was contagious.. thank you