Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- A brief appreciation of John Baldessari. (RIP.)
- This week I read Greil Marcus’s classic, Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music. (Book critic Dwight Gardner said it’s “[t]he book I wish I could read again for the first time — and the book, I’ve long felt, I most wish I had written.”)
- Tips for a better museum visit.
- In case you missed my favorite year-end lists: here are 20 great books I read and 100 other things that made my year.
- I made a new batch of my beloved pansy luchadores. (I really want to make these into prints or a deck of cards.)
- Eye candy: the glorious handwriting in this letter from Alasdair Gray.
- Ear candy: I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’ve been writing to Daniel Lopatin’s soundtrack for Uncut Gems.
- TV: I know he’s rubbing a lot of people the wrong way these days, and I get it, but I enjoyed Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize on PBS. (Like many other people my age, I have pretty much every Chappelle’s Show skit memorized — my wife and I still quote it to each other on a weekly basis.)
- On tour: Pop-Up Magazine is back out on the road again next month! (I’ll be in the audience at the Austin show — two of my favorite artists are in the lineup: Liana Finck and Esther Pearl Watson.)
- Circular time vs. linear time.
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