JWDailies 05-19-2021

Song of the day: “Easy Does It” by the Oscar Peterson Trio with Sonny Stitt sitting in. Poem of the day: “Ants” by Alfred Kreymborg. Speaking of which, this book of incredible close-up photos of ants has just been published. Fact of the day: A wonderful and instructive collection of short notes declining various sorts … Read more

JWDailies 05-09-2021

Song of the day: “The Monkey Time” by Major Lance. (Written by Curtix Mayfield.) Poem of the day: “Black Snake” by Mary Oliver. Fact of the day: An extended essay on free will. (Well worth making the choice to read it.) Learned one thing today: George Will on turning 80. Visual of the day: A … Read more

JWDailies 05-04-2021

Song of the day: “Hit Somebody” by Warren Zevon. Poem of the day: “Low Tide at St. Andrews” by Emily Pauline Johnson. Fact of the day: The digital economy is far from eco-friendly. Learned one thing today: Last year saw a baby bust. Will this year see a baby boom? Maybe. Maybe not. Visual of … Read more

JWDailies 05-03-2021

Song of the day: “After the Love is Gone” by Paul Carrack. Poem of the day: “Rockall” by Epes Sargent. Fact of the day: A history of citing your sources (and these days, your inspiration). Learned one thing today: Uncertainty about the future of working from home is being to resolve itself — Yes, there … Read more

JWDailies 04-24-2021

Song of the day: “For a Spanish Guitar” by Gene Clark. Poem of the day: “Reference Back” by Philip Larkin. (Along with an analysis of this poem.) Fact of the day: The story of Mary Ann Vecchio, the 14-year old girl in the famous Kent State Pietá, a photograph that spoke for a generation about … Read more

JWDailies 04-22-2021

Song of the day: “Stoned Soul Picnic” as performed by The 5th Dimension. (Here’s Laura Nyro’s original version — one of her best songs.) Poem of the day: “At Least a Hundred Words” by Hugo Williams. Fact of the day: Remember the early days of the internet craze when we expected information and access to … Read more

JWDailies 04-16-2021

Song of the day: “Alone Again Or” by the late Bryan MacLean. (Yep, same song as the one by Love. Bryan was in Love. And Bryan’s half-sister, fyi, is Maria McKee.) Poem of the day: “Ox Cart Man” by Donald Hall. Fact of the day: The great American road trip has always been anything but … Read more

JWDailies 04-12-2021

Song of the day: “Facts” by Demetrius Doctor. Poem of the day: “The Death Bed” by Waring Cuney. Fact of the day: You can have a party with a shared Google spreadsheet doc. Learned one thing today: A campaign called WildCard is starting in the U.K. to rewild half the country, starting with the land … Read more

JWDailies 04-08-2021

Song of the day: “Sugar Magnolia” by the Grateful Dead. (Just feels like this kind of day here in Charleston this afternoon.) Here’s a great cover version by Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs. Poem of the day: “Witch” by John Fuller. Fact of the day: Sometimes marketing is genius. Like this Red Bull stunt. Stratos … Read more