Good morning!

I’m Rosecrans Baldwin, and morning is my favorite time of day. Though I realize it may not be morning when you’re reading this. Morning is a state of mind?

About a year ago, I had the idea to write a short essay each morning on something I found beautiful. It would be in a style reminiscent of the poet Frank O’Hara, who wrote poetry on his lunch break, hence his 1964 book Lunch Poems.

I forgot the idea a few minutes later.

In March 2021, I remembered it again and decided it would be a nice thing to try. The title, “Meditations in an Emergency,” is borrowed from a Frank O’Hara poem. It seemed a good fit, and it’s evolved into two things: A (mini) essay each Saturday morning about something I find beautiful, and “The Sunday Supplement,” delivered the next morning, with recommendations for three great things.

About me: I’m a novelist, nonfiction author, and magazine writer. My latest book, Everything Now: Lessons From the City-State of Los Angeles, is available from BookshopAmazon, or (even better) your local store. I also co-founded The Morning News and The Tournament of Books, a ‘zine and publishing event, with my friend Andrew Womack. You can find more information on my website, including ways to get in touch.

Some of people’s favorite posts from the “Meditations” are A single painting, Animals being animals, A metal thermos, and My ode to a Swiss breakfast.

What to expect (nonpaying subscribers)

A (very) short essay each Saturday morning about something beautiful.

What to expect (paying subscribers)

A (very) short essay each Saturday morning about something beautiful, plus:

“The Sunday Supplement,” my weekly recommendation newsletter, delivered Sunday mornings, with hot tips (hot!) for three great things.

Here’s the deal. As an author and magazine writer, part of my job is to consume a lot of media. (A lot.) Books, movies, magazines. Poems, articles, podcasts. Gallery shows, TV shows, foreign radio shows. In addition, my roles at The Morning News mean I’m constantly finding all kinds of fascinating stuff around the web. Basically, I think I’ve got a couple things you’ll like.

Finally, any “Founding Supporters” receive inscribed copies of two of my books with my enormous thanks.

I guess the big hope is that, underneath all of this, you’ll subscribe because you want to support my career and help me put more things out into the world. In which case, you have my very sincere, humble appreciation.

Thanks for reading!