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A week, but so far a month

[Originally Posted: 2021.10.17]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

I’ve been slowly making my way through Thoreau’s A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. By “slowly” I mean I still consider it as a book I am currently reading, though I hadn’t read a word of it in several weeks until this morning.

![A Week](/notes/2021/10/A Week.JPG)

So it is taking me months to get through Thoreau’s week- it started on “Saturday” and I’m in “Sunday” still. But to be fair to myself, I think it took Thoreau years to write through his week.

I’ve been slowly making my way through Thoreau’s A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. By “slowly” I mean I still consider it as a book I am currently reading, though I hadn’t read a word of it in several weeks until this morning.

![A Week](/notes/2021/10/A Week.JPG)

So it is taking me months to get through Thoreau’s week- it started on “Saturday” and I’m in “Sunday” still. But to be fair to myself, I think it took Thoreau years to write through his week.

This all started from reading Desert Solitaire earlier this year, and realizing I loved nature writing but hadn’t read much of it. So, I borrowed this Library of America anthology American Earth from the library, and read the Thoreau selections, and then got sidetracked with the idea that I wanted to read more Thoreau before proceeding with the rest of that anthology. So Walden was the first obvious choice, but as I started investigating Thoreau’s bibliography I found that he had this other book he had published before Walden, the project he finished at Walden, filled with a mix of poetry and prose, about a river journey with his brother. The process and style of this appealed to me, and the narrative idea reminded me of Abbey’s account of his river journey through Glen Canyon, which was one of my favorite parts of Desert Solitaire. So, in my ever expanding reading goals, I decided I needed to read A Week before reading Walden, and then after Walden move on to the essays or directly to selections from Thoreau’s journals, because I am fascinated by journals.

Likewise I’ve made the selection of my reading text convoluted - I started by sourcing via archive.org what I think is a 1st Edition scan from the Boston Public Library, and I was reading that directly on my phone as a PDF. (Sometimes I just really like to read these scans of old editions of books - it makes me feel like I am in a rare book room of a library or have tons of money to own vintage editions myself, but I’m just on my phone.)

Then, wanting references and footnotes, I found that the city library had a Library of America edition and so borrowed that and read a bit from that, so as to figure out who he is quoting, or when he has inserted his own verse into the narrative. But I tend to read more readily on my phone these days, and so this tome fell by the wayside and I need to take it back soon.

Finally, yesterday while looking for something else[^1] I rediscovered Standard Ebooks, and found that they had an edition of A Week, and so I am giving that a go, though it has no footnotes. (They also have what looks to be a nice and, dare I say, thorough collection of Thoreau’s essays; and, of course, Walden.)

I might start contributing to Standard Ebooks at some point, if they will have me and if my desires sync up well enough with their priorities for next texts and their style guidelines. If not, I may just learn and steal their methods to make my own ebooks according to my preferences.

[^1]: De Quincey, via the term “dream fugue” that came into my mind as a possible description for the finale of Summer in the City of Roses, which I finished reading yesterday. But more on that in another post I need to write soon once I have fully processed that book.

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I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE 0004

[Originally Posted: 2021.10.17]
[Last Updated: 2022.02.21]

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE - Metsu

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE 0004

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE - Metsu

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE 0004

Art Credit: Woman Reading a Letter
Gabriël Metsu (Dutch, 1629-1667)
Oil on wood panel
52.5 cm × 40.2 cm (20.7 in × 15.8 in)

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I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE 0003

[Originally Posted: 2021.10.16]
[Last Updated: 2022.02.21]

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE - Metsu

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE 0003

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE - Metsu

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE 0003

Art Credit: Man Writing a Letter
Gabriël Metsu (Dutch, 1629-1667)
Oil on wood panel
52.5 cm × 40.2 cm (20.7 in × 15.8 in)

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I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE 0002

[Originally Posted: 2021.10.15]
[Last Updated: 2022.02.21]

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE - follower of Morland

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE 0002

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE - follower of Morland

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE 0002

Art Credit: A boy writing a letter by candlelight
Follower of Henry Robert Morland (British, lived circa 1716–1797)
oil on canvas, 73.3 x 60.5 cm. (28.9 x 23.8 in.)

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I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE 0001

[Originally Posted: 2021.10.14]
[Last Updated: 2022.02.21]

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE - Zandomeneghi - asymmetrical version

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE 0001

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE - Zandomeneghi - asymmetrical version

I AM ASYNCHRONOUS LIFESTYLE 0001

Art Credit: Young woman writing a letter
Federico Zandomeneghi
Painting, 1874, 45.7×38.1 cm

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''slimyfacebook''

[Originally Posted: 2021.10.13]
[Last Updated: 2021.10.12]

This is how slimy they are.

I have to stay clean for 30 days to actually make this happen.

This is how slimy they are.

I have to stay clean for 30 days to actually make this happen.

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''syndication''

[Originally Posted: 2021.10.12]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

So it looks like I finally have the syndication of short posts set up how I wanted (from my personal Hugo static site to Micro.blog, then to my more obscure Twitter account) at just the time I don’t think I care about doing such things anymore. Oh well.

So it looks like I finally have the syndication of short posts set up how I wanted (from my personal Hugo static site to Micro.blog, then to my more obscure Twitter account) at just the time I don’t think I care about doing such things anymore. Oh well.

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''boylife-goldeyes''

[Originally Posted: 2021.10.12]
[Last Updated: 2022.07.16]

You could daydream about what a collab between Kevin Shields and Frank Ocean might sound like, if they ever got around to it in ten years or something.

Or, you could just listen to boylife’s song “goldeyes” right now.

You could daydream about what a collab between Kevin Shields and Frank Ocean might sound like, if they ever got around to it in ten years or something.

Or, you could just listen to boylife’s song “goldeyes” right now.

It’s the final track off his new album gelato.

boylife - gelato - cover image

Or you could even do both.

(Think I’ll be creating a ‘Favorite Music of 2021’ page soon, and I’ll probably add this album to it when I do.)

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''moffitish''

[Originally Posted: 2021.10.11]
[Last Updated: 2022.02.21]

Explored an undisclosed moffitish place with Luna in July.

Explored an undisclosed moffitish place with Luna in July.

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''one-new-or-new-old-thing-each-day''

[Originally Posted: 2021.10.10]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

Going to start posting one new thing (or new-old thing) each day here on my website. I’m finally moving to make this little place my central home on the web, an activity archive, etc.

Going to start posting one new thing (or new-old thing) each day here on my website. I’m finally moving to make this little place my central home on the web, an activity archive, etc.


A daily new thing might be:

  • a new or old photograph
  • a book or article I’m reading
  • music I’m listening to
  • a film I watched
  • a video game I played
  • some random thought or thing I did
  • a thing I bought and liked
  • a place I went
  • a recipe I used
  • a page from my notebook
  • a notice if I write something or make something that is more than a brief note
  • a reposting of an item from one of my old, defunct websites or social media accounts
  • whatever else I feel like or think of to share

I always talk big that I am going to start doing this sort of thing, and then I fall off the face of the Internet again. We will see if this time is different - one important change is that I am fully at peace with everything just being over here in my little corner of the Internet. I’m no longer concerned with propagating or syndicating my stuff anywhere else; I’m truly getting over my involvement with most of the silos. This will be my personal archive, available just in case anyone ever happens to look here.

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