Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- Sometimes I don’t know what to say or I don’t want to say it, so I keep a list of conversational shortcuts.
- Filmmaker Werner Herzog on reading and writing. I’m still reading Werner Herzog: A Guide For The Perplexed in big chunks at night. I also read E.F. Schumacher’s A Guide For The Perplexed last weekend. (I feel only slightly less perplexed.)
- Why do I write books? To have an intercourse with the world. (Although, sometimes I think I could just quit and make marble runs.)
- Parents and picture book lovers: My sons are totally obsessed with Tomi Ungerer’s The Three Robbers. I can’t remember the last time a book was such an instant slam dunk with them. (They love this animated short, too.)
- The Paris Review graced us with not one but two unpublished (in English) essays by Tove Jansson: one called “The Island” (like a rough draft of her classic, The Summer Book) and the other on writer’s block. (I cannot recommend her Moomin comics enough.)
- Highly recommended: the vegan queso blanco in Isa Does It, a fantastic cookbook. (One of my week’s themes: when “fake” things are good in their own way. See also: the harpsichord sound on my old electric piano.)
- Ear candy: Sam Cooke’s Live At The Harlem Square Club 1963 has long been one of my all-time favorite records. It plays a role in the new Netflix documentary, The Two Killings of Sam Cooke.
- Eye candy: The Favourite is very much worth watching, maybe on a double feature with Sofia Coppola’s terribly underrated Marie Antoinette, or maybe with their shared ancestor, Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. (You can’t go wrong with any of those!)
- Also worth streaming: all three films in The Worricker Trilogy. So much fun. Bill Nighy is so good.
- RIP actor Bruno Ganz. Two films he starred in are at the top of my queue: Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire and Herzog’s Nosferatu.
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