I love getting newsletters from Smithsonian magazine emailed to me once a week – they send links to their articles and I usually find a thing or two (or three or four or more) to think about and explore further. I subscribe to the print magazine, too; it’s the one I reach for first when the mail brings me lots of heady reading. I have a thick folder in my file cabinet that’s just for articles I’ve torn out from their pages. This week, it was the beautiful birds of paper sculptor Diana Beltran Herrera (see link below.) I sent the link on to my sister, who also likes such things and whose intellectual curiosity and capacity for wonder inspire me. It seems to me that the bottom line for all artists is curiosity, no? If you want to be a better writer, try being more curious about the world and the way it works.
Here, then, are links to some recent Smithsonian articles (and there are links within those articles – you can get lost inside it all.) I hope they set you wandering and wondering…and writing! Just click on the description:
3. …and a mechanical insect! (this one is from the archives)
6. Shooting frozen flowers? (Who would even think of it? Eerie and beautiful…)
8. There’s an exhibition of Brian Skerry’s photography up at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. right now. Here’s a slideshow of his work.
The word is so full of a number of things,
I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.
Robert Louis Stevenson