Two very different propositions:
I’m not worried about Duluth being an ill fit for a project like January in Duluth. In fact, that’s an area where I’m feeling most confident — as I poke my way through Barton Sutter’s Cold Comfort, I feel more reassured with every thoughtful and simple insight. My most niggling concern is about this project being a good idea anywhere. Not the theory, but the practice part.
So, a few weeks ago, I called Ann Alquist, a friend and colleague who works in media, to discuss January in Duluth. Eventually, I asked her if she could help soothe these mild worries. Immediately, she had an idea she felt would help, so I recorded the remainder of our conversation and made a short audio piece from the results — in a little less than two and a half minutes, it touches on expectation, percentages, and the inevitability of death:
(Small note: I’m currently a little ill, fighting to keep my voice, so I’m much, much raspier than normal in this piece.)
This conversation also led to a reasonably straightforward infographic:
Alright. Enough indulgence in existential anxiety. Regardless of worry, I’m actually in Duluth already (!) and will be posting about what’s been going on since arriving (hint: plenty), so check back in the coming days for news on my first eager steps into the Zenith City of the Unsalted Sea.