Welcome to my favorite season. Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- The best books I read this summer. (And spring and winter and the past 13 years.)
- About the time I received a letter from Dr. Oliver Sacks.
- The gorgeous, Thoreauvian, and oddly erotic documentary, My Octopus Teacher, and this essay about how weird octopuses truly are.
- An interview with the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube. (See also: The Speed Cubers documentary on Netflix and my ode to solvable problems.)
- RIP Virginia Tufte, scholar and mother of my friend, Edward Tufte. I’m currently reading her book, Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style. (And ET has a new book coming soon.)
- RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I like how she talks about work and family in her rules for living, and I enjoyed the documentary about her, RBG.
- Before his death, Lou Reed made this playlist of 27 songs. (Here’s a Spotify playlist of his 100 favorite songs.)
- “Richard,” a comic from Allie Brosh’s Solutions and Other Problems, her followup to Hyperbole and a Half.
- I sing in praise, once again, of an open dictionary.
- David Lynch on getting ideas.
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