I wrote about Moleskine notebooks and why they have such a lasting allure. "Baya used gouache as her primary medium, depicting a world without men but full of bright images of women, nature, and animals": Matisse and Picasso were influenced by an incredible 16 year-old Algerian artist who just got her first North American exhibition, more than thirty years after her death.
Friends of the Show
Heather Corinna, the brilliant sex educator behind Scarleteen, has a new book available for pre-order. What Fresh Hell is This? is a guide to perimenopause and menopause that I personally cannot wait to read. I usually avoid Amazon links, but I'm told that Amazon pre-orders really help boost visibility for new books.
The Gospel of James Baldwin -- a gift from the magnificent Meshell Ndegeocello and friends.
Kali Ferguson sent me the most amazing thing: a gospel DJ set. I'll be honest: I did not know this was a thing, nor did I know it was a thing I would love until I listened. Let me tell you, it started my day off right. Check it out on Josiah Bell's Instagram. Then go listen to Kali's stories on her website.
One last thing…
I recorded my keynote in front of a green screen in our living room at 9:30pm on a Friday, because that's what keynote speakers in quarantine do when they have to wait for their kids to be in bed. Here's a picture I chose not to post on social media, but that accurately reflects my state of mind after I hit "upload":
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