Hello! This is Everything Is Amazing, a newsletter about curiosity, attention and wonder.
I guess I should be encouraging you to read everything I write, but honestly, nothing in this email will be as entertaining as these starlings, so you could just stop right here:
Anyway. My marketing people are yelling at me, so, back to it.
So far this season we’ve looked at the very real cities that float in our skies, the reason why we see faces in grilled cheese sandwiches, the Dutch artist who drew with numbers, and how staring really hard at things can make you lose parts of your mind…
But as a break from all the mindbending, let’s return to the challenges that first kicked off this newsletter back in February.
They work like this:
I ask you to pick one (or more!) of the following challenges and have a go at it/them over the coming week.
The End. Really, that’s it. This isn’t some kind of exam and there won’t be a follow-up quiz. You can ignore everything I suggest and go on to have a perfectly lovely week. However, as I said with my First Rule, a lot of the benefits of curiosity are tied up in what you don’t yet know you don’t know. So applying yourself to some fool’s random-seeming challenges is a great way to increase your chances of stumbling over something wholly new to you. That’s the method at work here. It’s indirect, but it works.
The handful of new challenges below are only for paid subscribers, so they’re locked away underneath Substack’s fancy new paywall thingy.
But if you’re on the free list, why not take your pick from the 40 different challenges I already publicly published across season 1 & also in season 2 here and here? No end of trouble you could get up to in there. Please, within reason, throw caution to the wind. What’s the worst that can happen?
NOTE FROM MIKE’S LAWYER: Please note that my client is not liable for the worst that can happen. Thank you.