Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- Want to be a lifelong learner? Learn to play the fool.
- I try to make the case for searching outside the algorithm and blogging as a forgiving medium.
- How showing your work can change your life.
- Drawn and Quarterly is reissuing collections from one of my cartoonist heroes, John Porcellino: King-Cat Classix, Map of My Heart, and Perfect Example. Nothing beats getting a new King-Cat in the mail, so you might want to subscribe.
- I like The Last Interview series of books and I’m looking forward to the Fred Rogers volume.
- Eye candy: I wrote about Nathaniel Russell’s fake fliers and I’m diving into the work of David Driskell and Faith Ringgold after watching the documentary, Black Art: In the Absence of Light.
- Ear candy: Wendy Carlos making electronic music in 1970 and Philip Glass on Saturday Night Live in 1986.
- Escapism: we’ve been loving The Durrells in Corfu, and I even picked up the source material, Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals, the first book in the Corfu trilogy. I also re-watched Michael Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans with a couple of my buddies online, the source material of which I will not be reading, though I did enjoy this 1992 NYTimes profile of Daniel Day-Lewis.
- RIP actor Christopher Plummer. (Watch him play piano!) RIP musician Mary Wilson. RIP songwriter Jim Weatherly. (Don’t miss the story of how “Midnight Plane To Houston” became a hit.) RIP jazz legend Chick Corea. (Watch him play piano!) RIP Laura Helen Wilson Davis, my grandma.
- Nobody should have to hustle.
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PS. Thanks again to everyone for the kind words about the audio trilogy.