Ann Friedman

5/7/2021
17 : 44

Has a hay bale ever left an impression on you?

Surprise me View in browser May 07, 2021 Antoni Jażwiński, detail from Tableau Muet This week Yahoo Answers, that shining beacon of internet hive mind, has shut down for good. I asked my friend Lindsay
4/30/2021
19 : 4

Me and my algorithm

Surprise me View in browser April 30, 2021 a gray-white background with two sets of abstract geometric images in blue and black inky colors Claire Typaldos, Breakers, 2013 This week Lately I've
4/23/2021
20 : 4

Assignment: Earth

Surprise me View in browser April 23, 2021 This week I've never known a world without constant warnings that humankind is destroying the planet. Because I am the most literal millennial, a member
4/9/2021
20 : 54

Strange particles

Surprise me View in browser April 09, 2021 view looking into a replica of the artist's empty apartment in New York made from thin wires and colored mesh in pink, red, blue, and yellow Do Ho Suh,
4/2/2021
16 : 54

None of this is necessary

Surprise me View in browser April 02, 2021 Bianca Ng, Humans of NJ Transit This week Defending Your Life was the first PG13 movie I was allowed to watch as a child. In it, a recently deceased Albert
3/26/2021
19 : 4

Hark! A harbinger!

Surprise me View in browser March 26, 2021 weathered white wood frames surround 5 areas of tattered fabric scraps in pink, white, blue, and brown. Noah Purifoy This week Two harbingers of the after-
3/19/2021
19 : 24

Why was it never the right time?

Surprise me View in browser March 19, 2021 A drawing of three women together in a bed with an orange duvet cover Britina Cheng, homage to Liu Xiaodong's "Three girls watching TV" This
3/13/2021
10 : 13

Made and remade continually

Surprise me View in browser March 12, 2021 A white woman with a satisfied look on her face and a plumed hat on her head leans back on a stool with her arms crossed behind her head Johannes Hendrikus
3/5/2021
20 : 44

Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vacciiiiiiine

Surprise me View in browser March 05, 2021 a cream-colored background with ink line drawings of black and red wavy lines and bulbous shapes, with light blue veins in the background Camillo Golgi, Sulla
2/26/2021
19 : 54

A wild sheep chase

Surprise me View in browser February 26, 2021 a photo of a field of grasses with some dried wood and cacti visible between the stalks Selomé Samuel This week These days, when I find myself in the rare
2/19/2021
18 : 34

Proof of life

Surprise me View in browser February 19, 2021 a still-life oil painting of a basket, bread, melon and assorted fruits Luis Meléndez, The Afternoon Meal (La Merienda) This week I'm sending
2/13/2021
5 : 4

I just kind of gave up and stayed as a potato.

Surprise me View in browser February 12, 2021 A person with brown skin and brown hair sits on a couch reading a book. There is a window behind them and a plant next to them. Anita Tung This week, a
2/5/2021
20 : 34

Whisked forward

Surprise me View in browser February 05, 2021 Textured oil painting of a blue sky with a bank of clouds, a field of white in the background, two cabins in the foreground, and a few people in the yard,
1/29/2021
19 : 44

This week's Thing

Surprise me View in browser January 29, 2021 600x300 Kat Schneider, Crying During Covid. This week The internet has settled into a predictable rhythm for me. Monday - I see a Thing on TikTok or in a
1/15/2021
21 : 24

Ongoing resistance

Surprise me View in browser January 15, 2021 A fuzzy frosted spiderweb captured by Bridget Sicchio This week I dug up some notes I made to myself around the time of Trump's inauguration. I was
1/8/2021
20 : 54

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Surprise me View in browser January 08, 2021 Black woman who lost her race for governor because of voter suppression rooted in centuries of racism and then devoted herself to systemic change bumps
1/1/2021
16 : 24

The morning of our year

Surprise me View in browser January 01, 2021 600x300 Photo by Bekky Bekks on Unsplash It's a short and sweet newsletter today. Back to normal length and links next week. This week I've always
12/25/2020
16 : 34

Our collective 2020

Surprise me View in browser December 25, 2020 This special year-end recap edition was written by you and edited by me. Thanks to everyone who shared the details of their 2020. You can read all 470
12/18/2020
20 : 4

A long, strange year

Surprise me View in browser December 18, 2020 Citrus and light This year I spent a frantic week doing final revisions on the book, then flew directly to Iowa for a family event. I got home and
12/11/2020
20 : 34

Old things, new ways

Surprise me View in browser December 11, 2020 600x300 Photo by Firdaus Roslan on Unsplash This week 2020 was the year newsletters got big. Of course, the "rise of newsletters" thinkpieces