I’m writing to you from Shanghai this week; J. flew in from Detroit on Thursday and we’ve been going around introducing her to my extended family, eating all the things, visiting important places in both the city’s history and my own. Here is a photo she took of me in my grandparents’ apartment – in the tiny back bedroom where my parents and I slept, for the first five years of my life, before we moved to the States.
This trip already has the feeling of a milestone trip. Every day has been a communion with some aspect of my past (as well as, in present-day Shanghai, with a complicated version of the future). I’m fairly certain I’ll look back on this time and see the beginning of a new phase of my life.
So I suppose this is as good a place as any to tell you that, starting right now, if you want to support my creative practice – if you want to support my making books for kids and podcasts and these Sunday letters; if want to help me do more of what I do best – you can sign up to become a sustaining member.
At the page linked above you can also read about my reasons for doing memberships (some of which I’ve talked about in these letters), along with what your member dollars will make possible. Thanks, once again, to all of you who’ve shared your stories about financially supporting other artists and writers (as well as your experiences running your own Patreons). You’ve helped me define and clarify what these memberships are about.