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The Rabbit Hole #001: Diving In

A notebook is open showing a spread of notes and sketches for All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
A spread from one of Ken Carbone's lovely journals.

Hey Story Maders! Nathaniel here, your friendly neighborhood designer. Welcome to the inaugural entry of my new Story Made mini-blog The Rabbit Hole. The premise is simple: In each post, I will share with you my recent favorite story-related items from across the internet (and maybe IRL). It’ll be a labyrinthine link-fest compiled from email newsletters, social media feeds and maybe some plain old serendipity. Some of the connections to story will be direct, some will be tangential. But they will all be things I think are worth sharing and might just make your day more interesting. Let’s dive in!

Here are 5 things I thought were worth sharing this week:

  • Ken Carbone is an artist, designer, author, educator, and musician. In his new column for Print Magazine, Wonderlust, he takes readers through examples of the journals he’s been keeping for 30 years. In this entry he shares spreads of his beautiful book notes. As a notebook keeper myself, I LOVE this stuff and I’m inspired to try and be even more visual in them.

  • As a person who creates images for a living, I can’t help but be both terrified and excited by recent developments in artmaking by artificial intelligence. Like the video says, I can’t help but feel this could have an impact on visual art similar to photography. What will it replace? How will we use it? I’d love the chance to play with some of this technology. Search #midjourney on Instagram to see some wild examples.

  • In honor of Father’s Day (my first as one myself): In 1996, three years after the death of his own father, Fergal Keane wrote this emotional letter to a fresh arrival: his newborn son, Daniel.

  • For someone who mostly just writes in journals, I collect and read a lot of books about writing. Here is a list from notable Sci-Fi publisher Some classics, some favorites and some I’ve never heard of here. And, of course, there are a few favorites missing: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and On Writing Well by William Zinsser come to mind.

  • This delightful episode of the podcast offshoot of PBS’ It’s Lit delves into how important representation is in books and how important it is to dissect books with people who allow you ask questions, confront themes, confront yourself, and have “home conversations” in a safe space that allows you to grow.

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