~in the spirit of writing something bad~
i like the book turtles all the way down by john green. i was at costco with a friend a few years ago, and his mom bought it for me. the first time i read it, i thought it was a really boring book that didn't have anything going on. a while later, i reread the book, and i thought it was super good.
i think what i liked about it was that the language is super simple and easy to read. i don't have to think too much while reading it and can read it when i'm tired.
i also like the feeling of doing something with a friend and going on an adventure.
the book is also set in indianapolis. there's another book i want to write commentary about called counting by 7s by holly goldberg sloan and it's about a genius kid who just lost her parents and stays with her friend's family and this counselor. it's set in bakersfield, california where it's described as hot and boring. i like the interactions of the kid and the family and counselor. and the kid comes up with a project to renovate this rocky area into a garden. and it reminds me that you can do still do cool stuff in a boring place. and that you have to do it with friends.
that reminds me of a friend that skips school to go on adventures. we stayed up late and he showed me pictures and told me what happened. i asked him how he does all this stuff and he says just find friends and do stuff together.
i think that's pretty true. being in an environment with friends doing stuff and being in the know of where stuff happens helps doing more things with people.
i wonder if i can create this even if i am in a boring suburban place. maybe i just need to know a few people, get to know friends of friends, have a meeting place or place to regularly see the same people.
i like the feeling at the end of turtles all the way down. i don't know how to describe it. it's like sort of awe, remininse, wanting to stay in a moment with a friend and not leave, and now want things to change. but the way the resolution is written makes it feel like it's all alright.
i want to update the about page. i feel weird in general when writing because i feel like i can't get everything i want to say and that it's not written in the style that i want. so it feels like my writing doesn't represent everything i'm trying to say well.
i like guzey talking to his 2013-self post. it reflects a lot of problems i have and want to use it to help
i read some essays that remind me of aaron swartz's style and i get intimidated that i can't write well enough for that style
my friend says he still enjoys the stream of consciousness thing where you can see how someone thinks raw
i think austin kleon has said that it's easier to draw inspiration of a style to a writer who is dead than alive so you don't feel the comparison as strongly as if they were allive.
the essays were