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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule

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I'm in college right now. I meet them every day. They're real.

Everyone wants a fulfilling job. And basket weaving, constantly used as code for "not useful" and often "the humanities" is not a real thing. There might be an art class on it, but since I saw a guy selling his handmade birch baskets for $200 a pop at the fair this summer and making a killing, I'm thinking maybe it's not such a bad skill to have.

Sure-for people who actually have enough artistic talent and ability to do the hard work of marketing it. This is not the case with a lot of the self-proclaimed artists I see.

Sturgeon's Law. That doesn't mean we should pretend like a shitty few stand for the whole.

Honestly, I kind of wish I knew how to make baskets. I love them, and now that I live in a (somewhat) rural place, making a lot of my own things, I have a real use for them.

Baskets are not that hard and actually pretty fun to make[1]. Mind you, I never got good enough to make a basket worth anything near $200, but they were useful and looked pretty nice (if I do say so myself). This was a rather freeform high school summer art class. If I were trying to learn now, I would check out parks & rec programs or non-credit community college classes.

[1]The funniest thing about the "underwater basket weaving" joke course is that since you need to keep the reeds wet while working them, it is not such a silly idea to make baskets underwater.

The real quality marker for an underwater basket weaving class is where it meets. If it is in the shallow end of the pool it isn't too hard. If it is in the deep end of the pool with scuba gear it is a bit more technical. Deep end of the pool free diving is getting into a grind course. For extreme underwater basket weaving it is either a winter session under the ice on the local lake or is taught in the middle of a whitewater rapids.

Extreme underwater basket weaving

With piranhas!

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