Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- For years, I’ve been saying nobody deserves a MacArthur “Genius” Grant more than Lynda Barry, and it finally happened!!! I drew the drawing above after meeting her twelve years ago. Since then, hjer work has meant so much to me. I would not be doing the work I’m doing without her. Among other things, she’s taught me that four-year-olds will get you unstuck, your hands are a means of resistance, the page is a place, “Does this suck?” is a terrible question, collage is what you do when you’re stuck, the power of drawing Batman, and drawings have the right to exist. Go out and read all her books.
- This week I read Hot Comb, a book of comics by Ebony Flowers, a student of Barry’s who seems to have absorbed her teacher’s brushwork and ability to conjure childhood.
- Advice from William Blake via Kris Kristofferson: “You’ll be miserable if you don’t do what you’re supposed to do.”
- I talked to Texas Monthly about all sorts of stuff.
- Lovely interview: Thom Yorke picks his discs for a desert island. (I really like his latest solo record, ANIMA.)
- When a guitar pedal becomes an instrument.
- A look inside Richard Feynman’s calculus notebook.
- I took my mom to see the Downton Abbey movie at the Alamo Drafthouse, and it was exactly what it should be.
- A late RIP to Hazel Smith, who was the MVP of Ken Burns’ documentary, Country Music. (I’d like to get in a time machine and visit Hillbilly Central.)
- RIP lyricist and poet Robert Hunter. He believed, like me, that mishearing is a creative act.
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