Welcome to issue 99.
Last week as I was reading the book Consolations by David Whyte before bedding down for the night - which is a collection of re-imaginings about everyday words in the English language. Whilst flipping through I happened upon the passage about “help” that stood out to me.
Particularly in these times when it seems to be lacking or having gone out of style. Despite, the fact that our overarching need for help never really waxes or wanes from our first breath to our last.
Of particular note was the practise of noticing the two kinds of help - visible and invisible. The visible sort is easy enough to understand, it usually comes in a practical or transactional form: paying for a meal or giving someone a lift along the way. Yet, the invisible type that is less easily recognised, may be the more crucial type of help needed to step out into the unknown.
Invisible help is the help we are not quite ready to accept, thus we can only shape out identity towards paying attention for what appears over the horizon of our understanding and act surprised when it finally shows up (and you end up crying in the middle of the lounge room floor).
Without this understanding that we may require a distinct form of aid at each level of our lifetime and the internal integrity involved in being vulnerable enough to ask for it, there is little chance that each of us will find passage through the doorway that bars us from the next horizon of our days.
To ask for help and distinctly the right type of help and believing we are deserving of both a visible and invisible assisting arm in our endeavours - may in fact be the loom with which transformation weaves itself into us.
What sort of hotel is this?
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I’ve been following the work of , for while now. I appreciate this dedication by Yancey Strickler, the co-founder and former CEO of Kickstarter to Bentoism, a movement he founded. What is Bentoism? “Bentoism (an acronym for BEyond Near Term Orientation) is a wider lens for what’s valuable and in our self-interest. This includes what I as an individual want and need right now (Now Me). But it also makes space for the considerations of our future selves (Future Me), the people we rely on and who rely on us (Now Us), and the next generation (Future Us).” (View).
The internet is physical.
“The internet is not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes.” How easy it is to forget that the internet is powered by a network of long, thick submarine cables that link continents and islands like a hidden plumbing system. Always appreciate a map that showcases the world in a differing way (View).
Explore The Curiosity
Warwick Thornton | SBS On Demand | 29th May 2020
The Beach is a documentary from Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton that documents his time living on an isolated beach in order to “transform his life through the healing power of nature”. From the looks of the trailer, it’s a little bit ASMR combined with slow TV — A24 is playing the film in a continuous loop (an “infinity-looping experience”) from November 22-28 so you can just dip in and out of it during the week or you can stream it in your own time here. Looks beautiful. More cool weird stuff like this please.
Markus Eder's The Ultimate Run
Red Bull Snow | Youtube | 3rd Nov 2021
This is a really entertaining ski video from Markus Eder that combines the playful free skiing of Candide Thovex with JP Auclair’s street skiing. Let me assure you that as steep, fast, and big as everything looks in that video, it’s steeper faster, and bigger in real life. It took so much effort and planning to make that run look so easy.
-N- UPRISING ‘The Green Reapers’
Thomas Blanchard | Vimeo | 4th Nov 2021
Backed by a soundtrack from Alexis Dehimi that sounds like it’s from a Christopher Nolan or Denis Villeneuve movie, Thomas Blanchard’s short film provides a glimpse into the tiny, dynamic world of plants and insects: “A butterfly in the process of being born, plants in the process of growing, Carnivorous plants in the process of hunting.”
It’s all very dramatic, but never fear, a tender disclaimer in the video’s description: “All insects captured by the plants have been released.”
The Contemplation Station
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
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