✨✅ VIBE CHECK: NATURE OF DUST
full moonboard - may 6
Heyyyyyyyyyyyy, how you been?
I’m rebranding the ~syllabus~ because, honestly, I’m just feeling more chaotic. Recently, I’ve been working at making coherent thoughts string together for essays (ugh! thinking!) and now I’m craving some space where I can just throw paint at a canvas and call it a Pollock.
So now this is gonna be, like, some version of a moodboard. And because I’m terrible with self-imposed deadlines but want to produce these fairly regularly, I’m going to release this on a new moon/full moon schedule. To quote James Acaster, “the moon is better than the sun. I don’t care who I’m offending with that.”
Today’s comes with the Full Moon (in Scorpio, for the astrology nerds out there)….which is why we’re calling it the Full Moonboard. (lol, get it, like?)
There’s still gonna be links and songs and clothes and shit, but also I’m gonna stick in dumb videos, silly memes, and weird things that just feel like….the vibe, you know? Consider this the Substack version of Instagram meme admins.
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We’re starting off highbrow, with “The Dust” by Christopher Chang, published in The Paris Review. A few lines have kept ringing in my mind since reading it, mainly:
in vain, I clean, because I’m supposed to. I clean because it makes me feel necessary in my own home, and because I come from a long line of people who clean. Even as I clean, on some level I accept defeat […] I am rich in dust, and I am taxed in dust.
Which makes me think about these Laura Marling lines:
rarely i weep sometimes i must
i’m wounded by dust