Assignment: Document every hour of the day in whatever medium.
[Bed] Alarm goes off.
[Living room] It was difficult to get out of bed
after waking up for an hour at 3am. Since then,
have: had a cup of coffee, made slow progress on
the Thursday crossword, given up on the Thursday
crossword, and yelled at the news again.
[Kitchen table] I began working on a music review,
and the album grew on me the second time through.
Also: Participated in lazy Internet activism by
signing a petition.
[Kitchen table] Some work but more procrastination.
[Leaving Brooklyn] On my way to the American Folk
[In transit] It’s a beautiful, warm day (for winter),
but windy on Broadway. I wanted to stay outside.
On the train, I listened to a podcast on Israel and
played a game on my phone, and when I looked up,
I realized I had almost forgotten where I was.
[American Folk Art Museum]
[ITP] Back at school, working on the album review
that I procrastinated in the morning. It was busier
when I first came in, but the floor is quieter now.
[ITP] I have one last sentence to write. The last
sentence is always difficult.
[In transit] Returning home, where I have food in
the fridge (because grocery shopping is still a part
of my routine in the first week of school).
[Home, later] I forgot about 6pm documentation.
[Brooklyn Museum] Waiting for a talk to start. It
wasn’t busy when I arrived, and I found an empty
[Brooklyn Museum] Saw: several drawings of nude
Iggy Pop, chairs in storage, and a Hiram Powers
sculpture (I thought of the cast of his dead son from
the museum earlier). Two museums in one day is a
[Living room] Back home and throwing together a late
dinner (how long does homemade tomato sauce keep?).
On the train, I was speaking to my friend about African
black soap and a woman jumped into the conversation,
saying the she swears by it. We got off the train with her
and chatted until she went to a different exit.
[Living room] I hung out with my roommate then fell into
a news rabbit hole.
[Living room] Still falling.
[Bed] The nightly long-distance relationship phone call
has been dominated by current events this week.
I enjoyed the assignment, though I found it surprisingly difficult. Because we had to check in at regular intervals, I was always conscious about how my day appeared from the outside; I was conscious of making it a coherent story. Looking back, though, the story emerges in ways that I didn’t notice as I was living it—in the through-lines that extend into multiple entries, such as reacting to the first week of Trump’s presidency, planning and eating meals, interacting or not interacting on the train, and considering the art that I was seeing.