Exploration: Cats

My previous “Explorations” were simple bulleted lists, but I’m going to switch to paragraphs in order to better unpack why I’m grateful for these things. Up next? Cats.   I have two cats: Charlie and Mouse. Charlie is mine, and she’s close to three years old. Mouse was adopted as …

Exploration: Running

I am grateful for running because: It’s easy exercise. It can be both solitary and communal. It’s a means of processing. It’s a reason to get outside. It provides a sense of accomplishment. It’s a way to focus. It’s free. Mark Grief hates it. (“With his speed and narcissistic identity, …

Exploration: Coffee

I am grateful for coffee because:   It is fast and cheap energy. It provides aromatherapy. It’s a reason to stop working. It’s a reason to take a break. It’s warm. It tastes okay. It’s versatile. How did they figure out how to make it? It’s apparently healthy. It brings …

Review: Mount Eerie’s A Crow Looked at Me

In July of 2016, Phil Elverum lost his wife to cancer. The following spring, Elverum—the person behind Mount Eerie and the Microphones—released A Crow Looked at Me: a frighteningly candid exploration of love, death, and gratitude. The hermetically introspective songwriter details his experience with diary-like intimacy, producing the most clear-eyed …