Who knew that the US Library of Congress has 2,000 flutes in its collection?


How Lizzo came to play a president’s crystal flute on a D.C. stage

Currently reading: The Promise by Damon Galgut πŸ“š

Finished reading: Adam Bede (Broadview Editions) by George Eliot πŸ“šA surprisingly modern novel. So much about class and unfairness and gender and choices and the lack thereof. I loved it.

Finished reading: Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen πŸ“šTales of good people behaving badly. But they behaved so badly that it was hard to maintain interest in and empathy for them.

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.

Long COVID Outpaces Diabetes in 2022 Employer Health Care Costs, Nomi Health Research Finds

Currently reading: The Alchemy of Us by Ainissa Ramirez πŸ“š

A beautiful and frightening article. Climate change, ecological change. Somewhere else I heard a climatologist say β€œthis was the coolest summer of the rest of our lives.”

Washington Post - no paywall

Yukon salmon populations are falling. The cultural damage is vast.

Depression, anxiety may escalate chances of long COVID, says study – Harvard Gazette

Finished reading: The Story Of The Lost Child by Elena Ferrante πŸ“šI’m sad to finish this quartet of novels, they are each so so good. I didn’t know that no one knows who the author is: Elena Ferrante: Who Is Behind the Pseudonym? - The Atlantic

Currently reading: Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen πŸ“š

Distinguishing features of Long COVID identified through immune profiling | medRxiv


How long covid reshapes the brain β€” and how we might treat it


The world is moving on from the pandemic. Not these covid long-haulers.

I was just about to complain “how come I didn’t know @martinfeld has started the very interesting Really Specific Stories podcast” but then I noticed that I wasn’t following him. Duh. Fixed it. BTW, I’ve been listening to tech podcasts since 2004, if you need a listener.

Currently reading: Adam Bede (Broadview Editions) by George Eliot πŸ“š

Finished reading: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery πŸ“šI quite enjoyed this even as the main characters annoyed me from time to time. It’s needlessly sad at the end but I can see why the author chose to do it. Beautifully written, in translation from original French.

Morning Walk

Long Covid, The Long History Version - by zeynep

Finished reading: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante πŸ“šBook 3 of 4. I described these books to someone as “Jane Austen for the second half of the 20th century.” I feel confident that they will be read a hundred years from now.

I’ve just discovered a lovely new blog and I have to share it:


A friend of mine described it as “going to church when one isn’t church-y but still wants that sense of connection and belief in something bigger than oneself.”

Just watched She Hulk, Attorney at Law on Disney+. I admit that I loved it and am looking forward to more episodes.πŸ“Ί

Finished reading: Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda πŸ“ša disturbing book though mostly in a good way. I skipped the most violent or abusive parts. Thought-provoking on the topic of who is the victim and who is the perpetrator, especially when it comes to generational trauma.

Finished reading: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine πŸ“šA fun summer read but ultimately too fluffy.

Currently reading: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery πŸ“š

Currently reading: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg πŸ“š