The internet is one dark field of battle. The pictures out of Paris bewitch, bother and bewilder. A smart storytelling publisher chases commercial storytelling gigs. As you document the world, your smart phone camera goes wide and long. Alexey, with love for photography, from Russia. “The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.” ― Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
In this season of thanks, dear readers, I send you mine. This issue — a big heart tackles big injustices, a brilliant take down of a “church”, Greek philosophers and Microsoft Word, and I sign up for a handwritten note from Joan Didion. Plus, an amazing Seattle bookstore/cafe. Lastly, 5 cool keepsakes to revisit, and introducing The LIST. “I can, with one eye squinted, take it all as a blessing,” said Flannery O’Connor. If you like 5CT, squint one eye and share.
Greetings from the north coast of California where they are literally running out of water. Day after day — the sun shines on. There are cruel intermissions, clouds gather, fog rolls in, a shower floats by. But the real thing is hard to come by. In this issue, Zadie Smith unpacks a beer ad, tools for writers and creatives, a trip around the literary Northwest and…a quirky tour of England. Enjoy, and pray for rain.
Photographer Richard Tuschman | Hopper Meditations
Brilliant idea. New York based photographer Richard Tuschman has staged Edward Hopper’s emotionally charged melodramas as photographs. The sets you see (built by Tuschman) are tiny — they’re sized just about right for Smithers (Tuschman’s cat) to fit into. Models are then photographed against a gray seamless background and the images are fully realized in Photoshop. Extraordinary, no?