(accidentally posted two hours earlier than scheduled, enjoy!!)

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Thank you for the story about your "unintentional fast" As you know, I am in the midst of a fast and the contrast between your experience and mine with intentional fasting was fascinating for sure.

My most vivid livestream memory was A$AP Rocky's Coachella set from 2018. In it, he debuted his song "Sundress" which has a heavy Tame Impala sample. I couldn't believe two of my favorite artists from completely different worlds had combined! My jaw literally dropped when the opening drums from the song started because I recognized them from the Tame Impala song immediately. I said "WAIT WHAT?:O" lol

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In response to: what has your experience been like with fasting?

Similar to your "accidental 3 day fast," none of my fasting experiences have been intentional (sans a week of only consuming Soylent in 2017 haha). For years, I struggled to eat on a consistent schedule or with consistent volumes. Over the past few months, I've been adopting a more reactive approach--eat more when hungry, eat less when not. I try to remain consistent with liquids, as my energy levels seem to correlate with how much water I've had. I want to plan a 3-day fast soon--more out of curiosity than anything else--as I have friends that claim it can help quiet the mind.

Thanks for the callout! It was great doing the exercises with you!

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I would like to comment on the art vs artist dilemma. In answer to your prompts, I think we can (perhaps, maybe, should) separate the two. There are artists who have views/personal lives/make statements I disagree with but that doesn't take away the fact that I really enjoy their art, perhaps even more than the art of those artists whose views/personal lives/ideology in general I would be more aligned with. And vice versa.

I do believe part of the art belongs to the public community once it is out in the world. There are many examples throughout history of an artist intending a creation to represent certain elements and the public interpreting in or "living" it in a completely different way. Neither the artist's original intention nor the public's interpretation will never tell the whole story. They are different elements of the many components or angles from which one can analyse a certain work of art. Regarding how much weight we should put on the artist's original intention versus our personal response/interpretation, I think this will depend on the viewer and the work in question. What I think is important to mention is that, in my opinion, we shouldn't feel we have to take "sides". Part of the beauty of art is that certain contradictions can coexist without one necessarily negating the other. I find it fascinating that with any given work, an artist may feel "this was meant to be something contemplative, something for me to heal" and the public may make something celebratory out of it. One does not negate the other. Plus we all have different ways of healing, so who's to say that seemingly contradictory moods or vibes cannot coexist?

PS: Hope your stomach gets better!

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