In New York we’re wondering when, if ever, real winter will arrive. The sparse snowfall this year has us yearning for the muffled soundscape of city streets blanketed in snow, cut periodically by the delighted yips of young sledders in nearby parks. We miss the sight of flakes settling silently on the fire escape outside your window as your curl up with a good book on a lazy Sunday. Nevertheless, unseasonably fair skies make cultural expeditions to the five boroughs more palatable. We’ve prepared this month’s edition of Miscellaneous — Athletics’ no-frills round-up of the cultural items that inspire us each month — with that in mind.
A very special thanks to Michał Leonczuk, one of our readers in Norway (where winter still reigns supreme), for submitting some great cultural events on the subject of Polish architect Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak.
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In My Own Way — Alan Watts (1972)
The Desert and I — Yi-Fu Tuan (2001)
Gabriel Garciá Márquez on Mardi Gras — McSweeney’s (2019)
“A few light flakes of snow
Fall in the feeble sun;
Birds sing in the cold,
A warbler by the wall. The plum
Buds tight and chill soon bloom.”
— From “Kyoto: March” by Gary Snyder (2004)
Header image: “Spiš Landscape in Winter” by László Mednyánszky (1879)