First Newsletter

Today I published my first newsletter!

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Hi friends,

Everything has a genesis, including this newsletter, and I want to thank all of you that subscribed! It means a lot to me!

Most of this week was spend on my next long-form piece, a Semester at the Library”. It’s long overdue but I promise to get that piece out by this week.

Stay tuned!

Stuff I enjoyed this week

Hayao Miyazaki is my favorite filmmaker, and I’m not alone, many agree that Miyazaki is the greatest living animator today. Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away are two of my favorite films of all time. So it was quite the treat to watch this documentary on Miyazaki’s creative process behind the making of Ponyo.

There are many beautiful scenes in this doc, but also many sad ones as well. My favorite quote:

With every movie, you have to be determined to change the world even if nothing changes—that’s what it means to be a filmmaker.”

This one’s special. I always wanted to know how Einstein thought, and this was like having a conversation with him. Here Einstein talks about what motivates him, thoughts on his fame, political views, etc.

This semester I read a lot of books and content on how to write non-fiction, this might be the best one I’ve read. I wish I found this one earlier, in particular, I learned how to ask for better feedback. I’ve never thought too much on the subject of feedback and I realize now that there’s a better way of doing things.

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February 24, 2020

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