margaret lafleur

"Who are we, who is each of us, if not a combinatoria of experiences, information, books we have read, things imagined? Each life is an encyclopedia, a library, an inventory of objects, a series of styles, and everything can be constantly shuffled and reordered in every way conceivable." (Italo Calvino)
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“How easy it was to lie to strangers, to create with strangers the versions of our lives we imagined.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

PERFECTION from Slaughterhouse90210, once again.


This is the future of its tablet-based graphic applications. Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere… it is really amazing, almost unbelievable—borderline magical, really. If they achieve a fraction of what is show here, I would be happy. Check it out.

Whoa. This video made me feel like I was living in the future.

First of all: of course. Experiences > things, every day of the week.

But secondly, I feel like this article misses an interesting middle ground. What about things that enhance experiences? What about things that create experiences, or create art? I’m thinking about cameras, or books, or paint, or yarn, or a bike. These are things, but they are things that can create/improve experiences, or give you the power to create something entirely unique.

Most experiences are facilitated by things, after all. It’s when we worry about having the best thing, or the most (or least!) expensive thing, or when we worry what everyone else is thinking about our things that we end up unhappy.

Perhaps a more nuanced take would be, “Buy experiences and things that facilitate experiences, not things you think make you look good.”

I use snapchat just about never, and have never made a story… but maybe I should give it a shot. In case you haven’t heard, I’m thirty now and I need ways to desperately cling to my youth.

This month, we pay tribute to the tremendous power of the arts and humanities to bring us together and expose us to new ideas that make us think and feel.  As we carry forward this proud tradition, let us celebrate the ways our Nation’s rich heritage has strengthened our country and inspired our lives.

Thanks for the birthday present, Mr. President!