Barton Springs Swim Report 4/6/23
I like going to the pool with you . I feel virtuous by osmosis.
I'm more than grateful to you for sharing this uh — puzzling interaction. I had a man comment on my Substack who had formally Recommended it a few months prior, but instead of quietly unsubscribing he made sure to comment publicly on how "the writing can be exciting, but sometimes it's just all over the place" or something to that effect, and declared that he "honestly can't remember why he started reading." From a longterm subscriber, this was actually very funny. I thanked him for having stuck around as long as he had.
All this to say, if it happens to you, I'm more sure than ever that it's a badge, if an odd one to carry.
Yes, goddammit! (I have only just learned how to comment here. Will try not to overindulge.)
I love reading them all and love that I’ve been there with y’all.
I love these. I love the small shifts. The slight changes. The length. The time. The laps. Back and forth. Back and forth.
I hope the emailer (ultimately harmlessly) choked on his toast as he read this one.
We’re lucky to have the simple pleasure of your swim reports, goddammit.
I find the Swim Report meditative. I find unasked-for negative feedback the opposite. I hope he let the door hit him in the butt on his way out. Please carry on.
Honestly, what an odd comment. This isn't a polished book, it's a Substack. I think for most of us, that's the very point of it. It's like ordering toast and then saying...well, it isn't a proper sandwich. Right. Because it's toast. Well...you can't please everyone, I suppose. But I'm happy to read your unpolished thoughts on whatever you feel like saying.
The swim reports are an absolute delight. Thank you for sharing your world with us.
I'm not sure how I missed this one when it posted, but it's delightful and made me laugh. I've told many people yours is my favorite Substack newsletter, for all the reasons you mention. When I started my own newsletter recently (for my business and not on Substack), it felt overwhelming. I took a course with Jane Friedman, and she advised us to think about the newsletters we like to read. Yours immediately came to mind. Of course, I had to create a newsletter of my own, but considering how much I love your "off-the-cuff, unconsidered, self-indulgent" newsletter helped me realize I didn't have to make it into something complicated. I could be brief, and I could be myself. I'm actually enjoying it, and I have you and Jane to thank. :)
I look forward to the swim reports and find them endlessly entertaining.
Your “off-the-cuff, unconsidered, self-indulgent” musings are deeply enjoyable to me.
So glad to spend a few moments with you. Your swim is a great reminder of the value of personal ritual and, though the action and costume are constants, every day you see something new. Here for it.
I feel irritated upon your behalf. Why do some people insist on sucking the simple pleasure from a post-natant report?
I enjoy your writing.