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It is Friday, the day that I send out an email about things and stuff that brings some surplus jouissance to my life. My hope is that you might enjoy them as well.

My kids have been on spring break this week. I’ve been spending lots of time with them and not been exposing myself to as myself to new stuff. This, today’s list is only three things.

|1| LISTENING (Album) — An old album that I return to often has worked its way back into my listening rotation. The album is A Certain Disrance by Lusine. (Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp). The album was originally released in 2009, and the song Two Dots was the first track I heard. It’s a major ear worm, and it is still my favorite track. I also really likeTwilight and Gravity a lot.

Incidentally, I played this in the car with my kids and they liked it to.

|2| READING / LISTENING (Book)— I started combo reading and listening to an audiobook recording of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. Here is the description of the book:

On a bitter-cold day, in the December of his junior year at Harvard, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people waiting on the platform, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn’t heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins: a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom. 

Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow examines the multifarious nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love.

At first, I was doing more reading than listening, but the narrator in the audiobook is very pleasant to have in my ears and I’ve switched to listening much more than reading.

I posted some text from the book that I found interesting here and here.

The book seems to be paced like a good TV series. With each chapter acting like an episode. Overall, I like it. It’s fun. Not great, but fun.

After I finish the book, I’ll probably write something about it on [S][J][P].

|3| WATCHING (Wrestling/Promo)—Longtime readers of this newsletter know that I love professional wrestling, that I think it is the great American folk art, and that it is also the best thing to use to construct metaphors for complex psychological theory.

Right now, Wrestlemania 40 is right around the corner, and some very cool stories are cooking. One of those stories is Drew McIntyre v. Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight title.

It looks like the original plan was to have CM Punk v. Seth Rollins, but Punk was injured at the Royal Rumble and won’t be medically cleared to perform come Wrestlemania, and Drew McIntyre has been written into Punk’s place.

This past Monday, Punk, McIntyre, and Rollins had a promo (short for promotion —this is when wrestlers come to the ring and talk but don’t wrestle), an it was good!

This promo involving CM Punk, Drew McIntyre, and Seth Rollins was really good! Some of the things that make it so interesting to me are that all three of the performers are known to be so good on the mic that they did not have a script. They were given a rough outline and then given the freedom to make the promo work.

Another thing that made the promo super interesting is that all both McIntyre and Rollins don’t like Punk for real, and Punk does not like them either. I think it is cool to see the “real heat’ between them as they work together to tell a part of what I think will end up being a long-term storyline.

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