Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- We’re not nouns, we’re verbs.
- Books I’m reading: for fiction, Edward Carey’s novel, Little, and for non-fiction, Beastie Boys Book. Also, I finished an advance copy of Rob Walker’s The Art of Noticing, and it was even better than his original post, “How To Pay Attention.” (Rob’s about to revamp his newsletter, so now might be a good time to subscribe!)
- The magic of diner booths. (Related reading: The Mystique of the American Diner.)
- Books I want to read (among many others — see the bottom of this email!): Tom Hart, author of the stunning & heartbreaking graphic memoir, Rosalie Lightning (one of my favorite books of 2016), now shows us how to do it in his new book, The Art of the Graphic Memoir: Tell Your Story, Change Your Life. Maria Popova, the brains behind Brain Pickings, has announced her first book, Figuring. And Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy just released a memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back). (Here’s a good profile of him and the music that shaped him. I’ve had this quote of Tweedy’s hanging above my desk for over 15 years.)
- What I learned reading Thoreau every day for a year.
- Open tabs are a time machine.
- Ear candy: the new mix of The Beatles’ White Album is pretty wonderful. (Here’s an interview about the album with producer Giles Martin.)
- Eye candy: Artist uses jigsaw puzzles, with the same die cut pattern, to make terrific mashups.
- A reminder: The world’s more interesting with you in it.
- RIP comics legend Stan Lee.
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PS. I was sick in bed yesterday, and after I posted a picture of my makeshift office, a follower asked to see all the books on my nightstand. I was bored and bedridden, so I figured, what the heck. (And yes, I’ve heard of Tsundoku.)