Sometimes you see the perfect sign at the perfect time. Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- I was offered my first book deal ten years ago. Here are 3 thoughts on a decade of publishing books.
- It’s commencement speech season. Here are good ones by the cartoonist Seth and radio host Ira Glass.
- The importance of learning for learning’s sake.
- Genius as circumstance. (See also: scenius.)
- Not only is it possible to write while having children, children can lead to some of your best work.
- I taped this poem by Mary Karr to my fridge: “Put down that gun, you need a sandwich.”
- The art of Procrastibaking.
- Streaming: I got sucked into HBO’s The Defiant Ones, a four-part documentary about Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. And if you can handle raunch, Ali Wong’s Netflix specials Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife had me rolling.
- Ear candy: a playlist of songs from every year, 1925-2018.
- RIP Philip Roth. Literary merit aside, the dude knew how to take a nap.
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