Things I read this week

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
Michelle McNamara obsessively tracked the man she dubbed the Golden State Killer for years. She unfortunately passed away before a suspect was arrested last year. The book is fascinating and I had to pace myself so that I didn’t stay up to 4 in the morning trying to finish it.

An interview with Cindy Gallop by Power to Fly
I’ve been a fan of Cindy Gallop for a while now, I love her no nonsense approach. Also the reason I decided to revamp this site, which had been languishing for years.

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver
This beautiful poem was floating around the internet with the news of Mary Oliver’s passing at the age of 83.

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

—Mary Oliver