Good morning from Albuquerque
"You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding."
Meditations on Dérive and Grief by Cynthia Ann Schemmer →
My essay ”Meditations on Dérive and Grief” was published on Underwater New York today.The piece is about losing my mother and my home and dealing with my grief by obsessively exploring the ruins of Brooklyn, where my mother was born an raised.This piece is essentially an extremely condensed version of the book I’ve been working on for a very long time. It’s been edited and improved; I was even told by editors to add a more personal through-line, which is not something I’m told very often (I get personal).
I think I’m finally ready to finish the book.
“I choose the ruins of the city because I myself feel ruined, stripped of my mother too soon. I feel most content in these places that thrived when she was young and alive, no matter how grief-stricken they, and I, may be.”
In an ongoing series on hybridizing fruit trees, Syracuse University sculptor Sam Van Aken’s Tree of 40 Fruit is true to its name. Most of the year, it looks pretty ordinary, but in the spring, the tree blossoms display various tones of pink, crimson, and white. Then, from July through October, it bears 40 different types of stone fruit, including almonds, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, and plums.
Leaving you some parting gifts #Chitown. Catch them in the morning xoxoxoxoxo