On the Dial
Eric: We're painting our house. That's gulping down all our free-time this summer. Which is fine. It's nice to be outside doing something monotonous where you can see real tangible progress every ten minutes.
This weekend, Eliza's parents are visiting. Knowing I won't be able to get as much painting done, I tried to sneak in a block during lunch today. I didn't want to spend too much time, as there were a few items I wanted to tick off my to-do list this afternoon, so I was trying to hurry. I had one of the ladders perched at a rather precarious angle and dropped a nearly-full paint bucket. I had to spend the next hour cleaning.
I'm realizing there are a lot of these little zen knowledge-nuggets you can pick up from painting—painting in the dark leads to mistakes; rushing leads to mistakes—that I cannot wait to put to use in the big karate tournament against my archenemy at Cobra Kai.
That being said, I wish I was a better painter.
This was a big week, because our first graphic novel publication—The Incantations of Daniel Johnston, by Ricardo Cavolo and written by Scott McClanahan—arrived from the printer. I'm always giddy when I know a new book is incoming, keeping one eye out the window on the delivery trucks as they roll by, waiting for one to idle. But we were nervous about the art files and how they'd print, concerned the paper stock we chose to use might not be thick enough, etc. Needless to say, we're fucking pumped with how they turned out. The book is the total package.
I've also been binge-watching Power and coaching tee-ball games.
Brett: This week I read Sarah Gerard's BFF (Guillotine). It reads like a prose poem. It's beautiful and intimate, heartbreaking and reflective. Gerard highlights the intricate realities of growing up and growing apart. The book is not plot driven and is very short, which makes it perfect to pick up anytime if you have a few moments—it's pocket sized, too!
One of my favorite artists, Mitski, if putting out a new album next week titled Puberty 2 (Dead Oceans). NPR is streaming the entire album leading up to the official release. I will be listening as soon as I get some time. I absolutely loved her last album, "Bury Me At Makeout Creek," so my hopes are high!