I also wanted to link to a few things I enjoyed recently:
Penelope Rowlands’ centuries-spanning essay on Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, their Holbein portraits, and life in the world of Henry VIII. Also Frick (both the museum and the guy) and her own experiences. Not sure I’m selling it very well, but I didn’t want it to end: “The Story of a Stare Down,” in The American Scholar.
Gabrielle Bell’s Patreon account. All of it, but especially this one.
I was struck by this segment from an old essay/excerpt in the Buddhist magazine Tricycle (highlighted in their newsletter), by Brad Warner: “Effort is more important than so-called success because effort is a real thing. What we call ‘success’ is just the manifestation of our mind’s ability to categorize things. This is ‘success.’ That is ‘failure.’ Who says? You says. That’s all. Reality is what it is, beyond all concepts of success and failure.” No success, only effort!