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Neil Shea
A newsletter about journeys, and stories we gather as we go.
Created 30 Jan 2021
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  • Old Holes
    11 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 13 2
    On white sharks ~ Cape Cod ~ Richard Nixon, hero to seals ~ the Horror vacui ~ Read / Listen list ~ Poems as first drafts Our landscapes are full of old holes, some so big we barely see them. In New E...
  • Why do we travel?
    22 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 11 1
    Seals / Travel / Indigeneity / Caribou / Camping / Asking Permission Plus: a list of things I’ve been reading and listening to The morning view from Kotzebue. Kotzebue, AK | 10.21.21 In small swift bo...
  • Learning to See
    19 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 13 4
    Good morning! I wanted to share some photos & two brief dispatches I’ve been working on from my time in the Canada’s barren lands.1 I find I’ve got to set some of these things down quickly, before the...
  • The B-word
    03 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 8 2
    Hello everyone! I’m recently back to Brooklyn after a few weeks in Canada’s Northwest Territories, where I joined members of the Tłı̨chǫ Nation during their summer caribou monitoring program. This is ...
  • Memoryscapes
    05 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 8 5
    photo by Adam Amir Hey there. I’ve been away for a bit, moving apartments in Brooklyn during a heatwave and then hurrying out the door for a trip up to Canada’s barrenlands (leaving my incredibly gene...
  • Gun, Gas, & Dogs
    16 Jul 2021 • 1 min read • 14 0
    Marie misses the hunt. Early mornings, scent of gasoline, the howl of manic dogs. She nudged her yawning children out the door and into the cold, a young mother and her old rifle against hunger. Usual...
  • Mongolian Spots
    09 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 13 2
    When my first son was born we noticed on his bottom a great blue smear. It was bruise-like and shapeless and we feared it, so dark and dull, so strange and silent after the bright red trial of his bir...
  • Ephemera
    01 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 6 0
    Hello from Napa, Calif., where we’ve arrived for a wedding. My first time in Napa—my first time dragging two young sons across the sort-of-reopening country (Someone should/could pitch this moment—thi...
  • Knud: part II
    25 Jun 2021 • 10 min read • 7 4
    Good morning everyone. More today about my late favorite explorer, in two parts. First, a look at why this accomplished person isn’t better remembered. Then, pieces of a conversation I had last week w...
  • Knud: part I
    17 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 12 4
    Good morning, everyone. It’s good to be back again after some paternity leave, after relearning that babies do not care—at all—about writing. Today I want to share a sketch of a guy who’s become one o...
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