My sketchy account of what I can remember about June 21 is up on the ESSAY DAILY site today.
ESSAY DAILY is running such a cool project, a collage of accounts of people’s daily lives on June 21, modeled on 240 accounts of April 29, 1994 in LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR (including Nicholson Baker and a “who’s who of literary 1994”) and issues of ATTN: devoted to July 31, 2015 and April 25, 2016. Read Ander Monson’s post with links and images here.
So far ESSAY DAILY has run about a hundred accounts of June 21, with many more to come (the list of writers so far). Choose writers you know, or dip in anywhere. They’re fascinating, lively, dull, hypnotic. I find it hard to stop reading them.
Here’s what Ander Monson says about ATTN: and ESSAY DAILY's project:
What is there to say about a day? Does the act of trying to say or think or observe something about a day change the day? "Maybe today was about what we are doing right now, I don't know," they say (it's unclear who is saying what, this being collaborative—and that uncertainty starts to push a little on some of the tenets of nonfiction or the essay in ways that feel worth exploring further). What is today about? What is the point of a day, or of today, or of any day? Is "this day…like a little world"? Is it "like leaving the world alone?" Well, let us find out.
Will your day intersect with the days of others who may be writing or thinking about the contents of that day? How will your days collaborate? How will all our days collaborate? Will they be punctuated by tragedy? (Surely—though the tragedies may or may not register for all or even any of us if they are quiet or far enough away.)
There’s still time for you to add your own account of June 21 to this democratic, potentially limitless project. (There’s a link in the short preface to each day’s posts.)