Demands for Spring

Greetings, Unwind readers (assuming you exist).

Now that we’re in the last throes of the semester, when every second is critical yet all you want to do is sit around and merely exist, I’m finding myself growing increasingly listless.  I’m a much better student amid the misery of winter, when there’s not much else to do but stay indoors and be studious.  Now, all I want to do is sit outside and avoid class at all costs, much to the chagrin of my brain.  As much as I hate to admit it, T.S. Eliot is probably correct regarding the cruelty of April.

So what does this have to do with you, fair Unwind reader?  Probably nothing.  But it does make me think of some things to recommend (nay, demand!) now that springtime is upon us.

First:  read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.  I know how most people feel about her–the descriptions I hear most often are:  verbose, boring, self-important…whatever.  The fact is that this book is pretty much the sole reason for my interest in the beauty of the natural world.  It was the catalyst that made me notice what I had been missing.  And Annie Dillard really is an incredible writer.  Her observations are beautiful and brilliant, truly insightful.  I try to crack open this book every April or May and remember why sometimes the world is an okay place.

Second:  drink more coffee.  There are a lot of good reasons to do so, but for me, the big two are 1) it’s delicious, and 2) it makes you crazy.  Hell, delicious crazy is my nickname*.  To be honest, I just got a really nice new coffeemaker and it’s increased by caffeine enthusiasm tenfold.  So, naturally, I want to implore as many people as I can to spend their days submitting wholly to caffeine’s jittery clutches.

Third:  listen to The Tallest Man on Earth.  He’s an incredible singer/songwriter from Sweden who sounds like a lovechild between Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and Thor.  Truly incredible stuff.  Watch this if you don’t believe me.

That’s all for now.  Get cracking, my dear readers.

* My nickname isn’t really delicious crazy.  But I wouldn’t complain if it was.

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  1. Abigail
    16/04/2010 at 8:44 pm Permalink

    “Greetings, Unwind readers (assuming you exist).” Couldn’t have said it better myself. 😉

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