This newsletter is a random assortment of ideas that connect only because they intersect inside my life.
This tree comes from an exhibit of work by Henny van der Meer, now showing at the Roger van Katwijk Gallery in Amsterdam. Henny works with steel, bending and welding it into three-dimensional art. This work reminds us that the depth and breadth of trees is far greater than what we can see,
This vision interconnects beautifully with The Overstory by Richard Powers. I'm halfway through and already thoroughly entangled in this epic eco-novel.
An epic of a different sort, with far darker roots, is The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra. That tightly intertwined short story collection is held into place by a 19th century painting, Empty Pasture in Afternoon, the name I've given to my review.
Dark networks populate this week's blog post. These networks are run by investigators who operate an extra-judicial detention system. Their remit is to combat graft in China. The system is called liuzhi. You can read about the most famous victims to date in The Cop and the Showgirl.