Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.”
- 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.
- Worth re-reading: Ursula K. Le Guin’s translation of the Tao Te Ching.
- The good enough parent. (Feel free to send this to a parent who needs it.)
- Rumaan Alam (author of the smash novel, Leave the World Behind) interviewed me about creativity for Slate’s Working podcast.
- I’m interested in prayer as an art form, so it was fun to watch Mary Karr interview James Martin on the subject.
- 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 Green, Miriam Makeba and The Delfonics, and more.
- 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.
- Take me back to the canyon.
- RIP Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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