september 2019




Hi!

I took the summer off from Moon Lists interviews.

On one hand it was the organic result of realizing that people were using Moon Lists in a different way than I had originally envisioned. When I started this project I thought it was solely an interview series. Yet the more I’ve gone down the path the more I’ve realized that I am most interested in letting others take ownership of this whole thing — taking monthly prompts and using them as a personal barometer of perspective (hence: book). It’s become about checking in with yourself, or maybe with a friend or partner or a group. Using Moon Lists as a tool.

But on the other side…I have been feeling fatigued by realizing that my reality is the result of an algorithm that is served to me. Sometimes the world seems expansive and inspiring but more recently it has felt small and boring, like everything that can be done has already been said and is creatively extinguished. This shifted a little last month when I was speaking with a friend’s daughter, Thea Claire, just before she was about to start her first day of sixth grade. At once nervous and curious to enter into a life fully new, she was starting at a different school where she knew no one but herself. Everything had the potential to be interesting. Absolutely nothing was played out.

I realized: The version of the story I was telling myself was the byproduct of not zooming out wide enough…that if I’m to do these interviews I owe to it myself and to you to do my due diligence in providing a new sort of perspective. That to ‘understand’ is to see that sometimes the conditions are rigged and convoluted. So these interviews will still be here but they will be different. They will feature voices of women who are not “influencers” or public-facing spokespersons for aspirational success, womanhood, beauty…most of them haven’t ever been interviewed before, or not about their personal lives or sense of being. Because the more I start peeling back layers and asking questions, the more I start to suspect I actually know nothing at all…and the only path that does seem marked is the one where I turn over a stone I haven’t picked up before and just observe.

The first interview is with Thea Claire, age 11. Read it here.

I'd also love to hear your suggestions for women who might be interesting to interview! (Email me: themoonlists@gmail.com)


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An ancient Roman bridge spans the Wadi al Murr in Mosul, Iraq, 1920. Photograph via National Geographic

An ancient Roman bridge spans the Wadi al Murr in Mosul, Iraq, 1920. Photograph via National Geographic