JWDailies 05-25-2021

Song of the day: “Long Wide Open Road” by Darrell Scott. Poem of the day: “Stove” by Philip Booth. Fact of the day: In economics, a culture of “debate through tweets” has replaced “debate through books.” I think this is true in everything, and it’s not a good thing. Learned on thing today: We want … Read more

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 05-13-2021

Song of the day: “Cristo Redentor” by Harvey Mandel. Poem of the day: “The Oldest Living Thing in LA” by Larry Levis. Fact of the day: The Disgusting Food Museum in Malmö, Sweden. Learned one thing today: AI beat humans at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Here’s how it solves. Visual of the day: An … 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 04-29-2021

Song of the day: “She’s Just Dancing” by David Wilcox. Poem of the day: “By Blue Ontario’s Shore” by Walt Whitman. Fact of the day: This is old news, but there’s a new book on the paltry pop psychology of self-esteem. Learned one thing today: Also old news, but you make better decisions when you … 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 04-08-2021

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

JWDailies 04-07-2021

Song of the day: “Madman Across the Water” by Elton John. (Here’s an amazing live version from 1971!) Poem of the day: “Brownie Troop #722 Visits the Nursing Home” by Mary Jo Salter. Fact of the day: Our perceptions of time warp our experience of time. Excellent essay that doubles as a book review. (Another … Read more

JWDailies 03-31-2021

Song of the day: “My Friend Hates Me” by P. Hux. Poem of the day: “A Quarrel with Fortune” by Benjamin Colman. Fact of the day: Nigeria is a Scrabble superpower. Learned one thing today: Fun quiz. Answer 24 questions and find out which economist shares views closet to yours, along with a link to … Read more

JWDailies 03-30-2021

Song of the day: “My Friend the Sun” by Family. Poem of the day: “Maximus, to himself” by Charles Olson. Fact of the day: Humans have been working out for a long time. A really long time. Apparently, about as long as humans have been around. Learned one thing today: Fascinating account of the Darkhad, … Read more