Two Articles about a Good View

It’s been a long week here at the Trotter adobe. All but two of our numbers were down with a bug, myself included, so the time I might have spent reading and writing, I spent moaning and wailing, and cooking rice for myself at 3am. I know I’m a terrible patient, but you can ask my wife how many times I have literally almost died of being slightly uncomfortable. That excellent excuse out of the way, here are a couple articles of note:

Roaming through Woody Guthrie’s New York

I’m a fan of Woody Guthrie’s music, as you may remember, so I try to read every article I see with his name in it. This one follows the story of two of his grandchildren touring places he lived in New York City. My main entry into Guthrie’s music was through reading The Grapes of Wrath, so I have a distinctly Dust Bowl picture of him in my mind, which is why I was surprised to learn from this article that he wrote “This Land is Your Land” from an apartment over a tuxedo shop in New York City with a view of the Empire State building. They know this because he had the practice of noting his location and his view on the same sheet he wrote his lyrics.

We do not create things in a vacuum. We are influenced by our context, so making a note of those things while we make whatever it is we’re making might give some sweet bits of insight to our families one day about where we were sitting and what we saw, especially if it was something we momentarily transcended to write a song about some troubled farmers in Oklahoma.

Faith in Eventually

This is a short but powerful read from Jason Fried, one of the co-founders of Basecamp, on not getting so caught up in the details being right that we forget to keep moving forward.

It’s important to know when to say “it’s fine for now, but it won’t be fine for later.”

This is the kind of article that’s worth printing out and keep close by.