Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- I laughed all the way up until the end of Andrew Sean Greer’s novel Less. Then I cried. Wonderful book.
- The wisdom of This Is Spinal Tap: “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.”
- Ear candy: Cocteau Twins’ Heaven or Las Vegas. (If you listen to vinyl, it’s super cheap here.) The album is #1 on Pitchfork’s list of best dream pop albums and I was happy to see “Iceblink Luck” on Frank Chimero’s annual spring playlist.
- The manuscripts of Emily Dickinson. (I love the book The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems.)
- Random recommendations: Setting time limits on your phone with Screen Time. Hot water with honey and lemon in the morning. Drinking cheap wine out of juice glasses.
- This Curbed piece on what happens when you find lead paint in your house is a great example of reporting with hand-drawn illustrations integrated into the story that looks great on the screen. (For more hand-drawn journalism, check out Wendy MacNaughton’s Meanwhile column.)
- Damon Krukowski on how Myspace lost 12 years worth of music. (I really liked his book The New Analog, and I can’t wait for Ways of Hearing, which is based on the terrific podcast of the same name.)
- Keep Going comes out in 10 days and then I hit the road for two months (still time to get your free pre-order print!), so I’m in “The Gulp”: the moment when something you made is out of your hands, but it’s not really in anybody else’s yet. (Somebody asked me what being in The Gulp is like, and I said, “Well, it’s like waiting on Christmas morning...”)
- RIP poet W.S. Merwin. RIP filmmaker Barbara Hammer. RIP guitarist Dick Dale.
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