Links that may or may not be related to gardens, food, travel, nature, or heterotopias and liminal spaces but probably are. Sources in parentheses.
essay: Down to the Tide Line (Bitter Southerner/Boyce Upholt & Ben Galland). A lovely essay drawing on Rachel Carson’s writing (her Sea Trilogy), earth science, and the accompanying sumptuous photos, including of so-called Driftwood Beach on Georgia’s Jekyll Island. “But what got lost when The Beach became an obsession and a symbol synonymous with palm trees and turquoise water is that every coastline has its own biography.”
comic search engine: Calvin & Hobbes Search Engine (Mike Yingling)
photo essay: the garden atop a convention center in downtown Pittsburgh PA (Substack/Rootbound). Beds with native perennials, shrubs, and trees; raised beds of culinary herbs, edible flowers, vegetables; and “conceptually themed beds” including those honouring: Ukraine (sunflowers + vegetables and grains grown there), African ancestors (okra, plantains, sweet potatoes, shado beni), indigenous women (corn, pole beans, pumpkins), and Italian Americans (tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant).
photos: collages formed when layers of New York City subway ads deteriorate (Booooooom/Barton Lewis)
essay: Our Loveable Limitations (Out of the Blue/Mari Andrew). “This is a journey. I will be 290 years old by the time I start to fully grasp that not everybody is having my same experience of earth.” And “All day long, Sunflower the Cat is giving me feedback in her own way: Here’s what I can offer, and here’s what I can’t.”
I really like all of these links. It feels like they were meant for me. I only looked at the pictures for Down to the Tideline, but what pictures! I LOVE the story about the Pittsburgh rooftop garden. I was just thinking about how I’d like to visit Pittsburgh. And those photos of unintentional collages in the NYC subway are right up my alley. The last essay is so timely for me. I was listening to a song today that moved me and I realized that it might not move someone else. That’s big for me. I’ve known it’s true, but I didn’t really accept it before. I found it hard to understand how someone wouldn’t like music that I love. Maybe I’m gaining a little maturity with age.
I love this!