Good Work

A collection of things that are lately inspiring and guiding my own projects.

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Years back I encountered this book—and I say encountered knowing how that sounds—but some books change your way of seeing, and writing. I think I was a cub reporter at the time, and hoping for different things. Now that I'm about to return to the Arctic I've picked up the book again, and it's even better than I remember. There is also, the strange recognition that I've changed much—and so has the Arctic—since I first read this work.

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The writer and the anthropologist. You can't be one without also being the other. These two had an amazing discussion on race—and many other topics. Listen here. 

 

 

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Finally binged on the BBC's "Planet Earth II" series, partly as research for a film I'm working on, and partly to see if work like this had made any real strides in the last few years. It's still Attenborough'd up, but he takes a secondary role to the amazing camera work.

 

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Most powerful story I've read in a long time. By Toni Morrison

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The Ancient Art Archive. This project, created by National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, seeks to document and protect some of the world's oldest art. Steve's one of my closet pals and collaborators, and he's doing some amazing things with mapping and 3-d visualizations of ancient art and the spaces where it's found. Check it out here.

 

 

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Blurbing a book I believe in: The Songs of Trees by David Haskell. 

"Haskell re-roots us in life’s grand creative struggle and encourages us to turn away from empty individuality."

 

 

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I've been working on a film lately about the search for life in our solar system, and during my research I came across these wonderful posters commissioned by NASA and the JPL. They're a beautiful throwback to a grand era of graphic arts and travel. Just got a few signed by NASA scientists, for hanging on my son's bedroom wall...

 

A little backstory here about the posters.

 

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"The story of the negro in America is the story of America, and it is not a pretty story."

But it is a beautiful documentary. What a mind.

 

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This series of podcasts from the Imperial War Museums, Voices of the First World War, is outstanding. Using archival interviews with those who fought in and lived through it, the creators bring the century-old conflict back within reach. 

 

 

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The TSA on Instagram. Because the shit people bring on planes is just

 

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This translation, by Seamus Heaney, resurrects the ancient story. 

 

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A wonderful, painful exploration of boyhood.

 

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