Matt Waldman’s RSP Reads Listens Views (October 5, 2018)

Matt Waldman’s Reads Listens Views is back and devoted to a short list of recommended reads, listens, and views for the week. 


If you’re new to the Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog, welcome.  Every Friday, I post links to pieces that I’ve found personally compelling or to content I hope will eventually scratch that itch when I get around to it.

You may not like everything listed here, but you’re bound to like something.

Reads: Walt Whitman on Creativity

From Maria Popova’s fantastic Brain Pickings:

When Walt Whitman contemplated the wisdom of trees, he saw in them qualities “almost emotional, palpably artistic, heroic,” and found in their resolute being a counterpoint to the human charade of seeming. “When we have learned how to listen to trees,”Hermann Hesse rhapsodized in his lyrical love letter to our arboreal companions“then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.” A century and a half earlier, William Blake wrote in his most beautiful letter“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way… As a man is, so he sees.”

But to truly see and listen to a tree — or to any being beyond ourselves — as more than a teaching, more than an object of envy or worship or desire, more than a metaphor for our own lives, requires a special kind of regard — the kind to which Ursula K. Le Guin alluded in contemplating the difference between objectifying and subjectifying the universe.


This is one of the great collaborations in several years for this type of music. I could listen to this all day.

Views: Patrick Mahomes Graphic (Available Soon at PureHoop Cartel)

Jack Perkins is a graphic artist whose site PureHoop Cartel features imaginative and funny renderings of NBA stars of the past and present. A contributing artist on Family Guy who also drew for King of the Hill, Perkins is a Footballguys Audible Listener and RSP subscriber.

After Patrick Mahomes threw the “Patomic Bomb” to Tyreek Hill in Atlanta, I thought the phrase “Patomic Bomb” would evoke an image that was in Jack’s wheelhouse for a graphic of Mahomes — especially with the promise Mahomes had for a great start to his career.

Jack graciously listened to my idea and came up with a fantastic image and we worked on it together to refine the idea. He’s a fantastic talent and easy to work with. I am just thrilled that he liked the basic idea and realized it so well.

Coming soon, he’ll have this image available on prints as well as t-shirts at his PureHoop Cartel site. Get this for the Mahomes or Chiefs fan in your life and support the talent of an artist like Perkins.

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