Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- Morning pages (and variations).
- After watching the documentary Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, I picked up the beautiful Penguin Classics deluxe edition of his journals. (You can see scans of the journals on Tumblr.)
- The Vampire Test is a simple way to know who or what to let in and out of your life. (An excerpt from my new audiobook.)
- I’ve started a “Bookshelf” category on my blog, where I’ll be writing about some of my favorite books. First up is Blexbolex’s Ballad.
- Writing advice from Chuck Berry and Jeff Tweedy: Nouns and verbs.
- Netflix: I enjoyed Dick Johnson Is Dead, a comic take on family and death by filmmaker Kirsten Johnson. (I somehow missed her first movie, Cameraperson, which weaves together footage from over 25 years of shooting documentaries.)
- Why you haven’t seen the best Christmas special ever. (Never fear, you can watch a pretty good VHS rip of Muppet Family Christmas on Youtube.)
- Ear candy: Lots of year-end Spotify playlists dropping from folks with good taste: Sasha Frere-Jones, The Ross Brothers (check out Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets if you miss going to bars), Teju Cole, and Walter Martin. (Feel free to put my 2020 playlist on shuffle.)
- RIP ambient pioneer Harold Budd. I’ve been enjoying his collaboration with Cocteau Twins, The Moon and the Melodies. (He just released a new record with Robin Guthrie called Another Flower.) There’s a pretty good documentary on Youtube about his collaborations with Brian Eno.
- A reminder: Quantity leads to quality.
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