I want to sit on the porch

#67: An evergreen tweet, some absolute Japanese bops, and yes, pictures of porches

I’ve been thinking about this one tweet for a whole month:

For most of our lives, the object has been clear: find your purpose, get a job, build your career, and work until you don’t have to anymore. So much of living centers around the work of our lives. That’s fine. But for most of my life, I’ve only wanted to sit on the stoop, drink a beer on the patio, read on the porch.

The porch, at once both ubiquitous and unique, is our own little speakeasy, our library nook, and our portal to neighborhood banter. Dynamic. Personal. Easy.

Every afternoon, when the work has slowed, I announce to my dog: “Porch-time!” She wiggles to the door and I let her out, she shows me to my chair, and turns to collapse on the rug. We sigh. Life is so hard. We deserve this.


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For your pleasure 💆

Let’s time-travel. It’s 1978, and you’re walking home from work. You’re dancing in the kitchen. You’re clubbing in Paris. You’re on the damn porch. Here’s your soundtrack:

In other Japanese music news, we make our way back to the present-day for Yuma Abe’s Fantasia – an equally perfect collection of patio pieces:

Think about it 🔗

Today I’m sharing a couple of things, of no particular category, that I’ve been sitting on for some time:

“The more you have committed to being seen as interesting within your particular area, the more you detach from reality and move into a construct of your own creation.”
Introducing the hilariously wonderful and weirdly insightful Michael Scott Theory of Social Class

“It’s a lot easier for people to make an aesthetically pleasing photo, but it’s still just as hard to make a great photo.”
An interview with photographer Norman Jean Roy

Extra, extra 🎉

“When you are a creative person, putting your work out into the world is your vote on how you think the world should be, your admission to participate and have opinions.”