Merrill Garbus in Haiti, Raymond Cummings’ surreal editing, Derrick Rose and loneliness, etc.

“…If travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”
— Pico Iyer

Merrill Garbus (Tuneyards) exploring non-western musical tradition of Haiti, at The Talkhouse.



Raymond Cummings, who writes for The Village Voice and Splice Today, has a knack for combining and interweaving interviews in a surreal way that I love.



William Tyler plays guitar.  He will transport you.  Spend the $5 and own it.



Will Leitch profiled Derrick Rose in May, 2012.  Rose’s knee injuries are keeping him out of the spotlight the last two years, which probably makes him relieved.  The city of Chicago mourns the absence of their Rose.  This profile should remind us that every athlete is a human being.  Leitch, I’ve recently discovered, founded Deadspin.  He’s also written four books, and contributes to pretty much every website that exists.  Rose’s most recent knee injury, a torn MCL which has taken him out for the 2013-14 season, rehabs in Chicago, out of the spotlight.



As I was listening to the radio while driving around Boston last week, I stumbled upon a multi-instrumentalist named Usman Riaz. A Pakistani-born self-taught guitarist/composer who now studies at Berklee School of Music, the 19 year-old is a living example of the internet’s potential for future artists.  Fittingly, TED Institute has made him a fellow.

His short film “Ruckus”



Tim Kreider’s essays are collected in a new book, We Learn Nothing.  I am incredibly excited to read it, assuming I still remember how to open a book and hold it open in front of me.




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