Good product placement works – discovering I love Field Notes

In late 2012, I pre-ordered Daniel Pink’s book To Sell is Human. One of a set of five gifts/thank yous for pre-ordering was a Field Notes memo book, stamped with To Sell is Human on the back. I read To Sell is Human, and I used the memo book. I am a journal keeper, and I […]


Orient by water 1

I orient by water. Apparently I have to keep it on the east. If I don’t I have a hard time finding my way around the land. This is one of the many reasons I don’t live in California. I grew up on the east side of Michigan, in a town pressed up against Lake Saint Clair. […]


Margaret Atwood on writing perceptions 1

I’m pondering the intricacies of nonfiction and fiction writing and interpretation. I heard this on the radio and recognized its truth immediately. When you’re writing fiction, everybody thinks you’re secretly writing about real people and things. But if you write an autobiography, they think you’re lying as one does. From Margaret Atwood’s interview with Arun Rath […]


Electronic music on repeat: Dawn of Midi and the xx

I go through audio obsessions.

Last fall, I listened to Dawn of Midi‘s Dysnomia on repeat as I drove, as I wrote, as I cooked. I found it via the RadioLab podcast. I loved the sense of driving seemingly-electronic music slowly morphing, and I loved to hear that it wasn’t electronic at all, but humans playing to sound like machines. The layering of sound and story was what caught me, but the music kept me.

This summer and fall, I’ve been listening to the xx‘s two releases on repeat. I discovered them via the New Yorker’s profile, Shy and Mighty.

Two different artists and sounds, but both triggered my play daily on repeat response and I thought I’d share. Both are good as foreground or background, which is a hard thing to do.

I know making music and getting paid for it these days is tough going, so if you like these songs, go support the artists and buy their music!