"In Switzerland" (1908), John Singer Sargent

Good morning

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’s evolved into three things: A brief essay most Saturday morning about beauty; “The Sunday Supplement,” a bulletin with three-plus ideas of things to love; and a longer essay once a month dispatched from the wilderness somewhere.

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

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 for nonpaying subscribers

A micro-essay three Saturdays a month about something beautiful.

What to expect for paying subscribers

The same three micro-essays. The Sunday Supplement, delivered Sunday mornings, with three-plus ideas of things to love. And a longer field report on the fourth Saturday, written and dispatched from a trip in the woods, to kickstart your weekend’s wanderlust.

Finally, any “Founding Supporters” receive copies of two of my books inscribed to whomever, shipping included, of their choice.

And I guess the big hope is that, underneath all of this, you subscribe because you want to support my career and help me put more projects out into the world. For which you have my very sincere, humble appreciation. It is all low-key. Thanks for reading.