Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- Stick around and stay curious, because curious is a good thing to be.
- This week I finished Donald Hall’s A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety, which is a little looser than Essays Over Eighty, but plenty enjoyable. I did a “people you follow” search for both of these collections and the only result was John Wilson’s review, which is very good. (Next up: reading more of Jane Kenyon’s poems.)
- I re-read the wonderful books in Bruno Munari’s workshop series: Drawing a Tree, The Tactile Workshops, Drawing The Sun, and Roses in the Salad. (I have not been able to track down the other two books in the series, A Flower With Love and Original Xerographies, which both seem to be out-of-print and ridiculously expensive. Lemme know if you have a lead on them!)
- Favorite thing I wrote this week: Writers on how stuttering shaped their work. (TL;DR: it was an excuse to post this recording of my six-year-old reading Philip Larkin.)
- “The Day the Music Burned.” Terrific reporting by Jody Rosen on the 2008 Universal fire and also a meditation on the music industry, historic preservation, and recording technology. Reminded me a lot of Nicholson Baker’s Double Fold.
- More from my blog: Wandering zines, a look at the original mechanicals for The Medium is the Massage, the fate of an archive, and Thoreau’s obsession with frogs.
- Ear candy: Rather than paying a hacker’s ransom, Radiohead released 18 hours of stolen OK Computer sessions on Bandcamp.
- Françoise Gilot’s memoir, Life with Picasso, has been reissued, and at 97, she says she regrets nothing.
- When the world’s most famous mystery writer vanished. (Agatha Christie’s An Autobiography is my wife’s favorite book.)
- Speaking of mystery: There’s something buried in the moon. (If you’re reading this, the sun has not died yet, and that’s not nothing!)
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