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Inspiration

  • History was made this past summer. The first inmates to graduate from Yale x University of New Haven have earned their degrees while incarcerated at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution. Yale partnered with UNH in 2021 to give these inmates a path to two and four year degrees. It’s a transformative idea, and this program extends to the men’s and women’s federal prison in Danbury Connecticut.

  • For the uninitiated, from 1982 to 2015 David Letterman played host to the Late Night with David Letterman. That’s 32 years. A long commitment to say the least. Most productions like these take the summers off, but apart from a short summer reprieve — running a continuous late-night series like Letterman took some real work. Taking stock of your labors can take many forms:

    For artists, it’s their sketchbooks.

    Writers, it’s their notebooks.

    Readers, it’s their libraries.

    For others, their Retweets? Their Github contributions?

    For Letterman, it was his paper cups.

    These paper monuments keep us going I suppose. Ephemeral things — a growing glory like that ivy plant in your apartment. Something to ponder.