Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- After a long 8 months away, I’m back in Texas, writing from a new studio just two blocks south of where I first landed twelve summers ago. Life is good.
- I re-read Charles Portis’s Masters of Atlantis and liked it even better this time. I also re-read True Grit and The Dog of the South this year, and I’ll probably go ahead and re-read Norwood and Gringos, too. (Then I might read his miscellany.) I often wish he had another book to drop on us, but I also sort of hope he’s just sitting somewhere in Little Rock sipping whiskey and enjoying being 85.
- How to draw yourself out of a creative funk.
- The shame of crowd-funding health care. (Why I’m basically a single issue voter.)
- The secret to the gruesome sounds in Mortal Kombat: exploding vegetables.
- I’ve loved David Shrigley’s work for a long time, but with his recent pieces I feel like he’s illustrating my life.
- Music: I’ve been writing to Neu! '75
- Movies: I loved William Friedkin’s 1977 movie Sorcerer, which has a bonkers making-of story. And I’m glad I waited until I was back in Austin to go see Once Upon A Time in Hollywood at the Alamo Drafthouse. (All movies are better with loaded fries and a cherry Coke!) Watching both those movies, I was reminded of the line from Heather Havrilesky’s essay on blockbusters: “Every story now has to involve a threat to the entire globe. This is meant to raise the stakes, but it actually lowers them...”
- TV: I re-watched the pilot of Justified, and now I think I might just have to re-watch the whole series.
- The survival of Iggy Pop. (If you like punk, do get a copy of Please Kill Me.)
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