In this week’s newsletter: time, fish, cats, soul, and more...

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Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 

  1. Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.
  2. Books: I’m reading a wild, short novel by Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal called Too Loud a Solitude. The mail has started arriving again after last week’s storm, and I suddenly have a fantastic to-read pile: the new printing of Brian Eno’s diary, a Rosie Lee Tompkins catalog from BAMPFA, the second volume of Jason Polan’s Every Person in New York, Dave Hickey’s Perfect Wave, an old book of Frasconi’s woodcuts, and a galley of Vicious Nonsense, a collection of literary put-downs from writers. 
  3. Worth re-reading: Ursula K. Le Guin’s translation of the Tao Te Ching.
  4. The good enough parent. (Feel free to send this to a parent who needs it.)
  5. Rumaan Alam (author of the smash novel, Leave the World Behindinterviewed me about creativity for Slate’s Working podcast.
  6. I’m interested in prayer as an art form, so it was fun to watch Mary Karr interview James Martin on the subject.  
  7. Eye candy: I highly recommend the documentary Mr. Soul! and Shout Factory’s archive of full-length Soul! episodes. It’s an incredible trove: Nikki Giovanni interviewing James Baldwin, Bill Withers, Al GreenMiriam Makeba and The Delfonics, and more. 
  8. I’m not really a cat person (or a dog person, for that matter), but I had a laugh at this philosopher on why cats rule and how Garfield can help you make peace with a culture in decline.
  9. Take me back to the canyon
  10. RIP Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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