This week: hobbies in times of crisis, libraries, telescopes, and more...

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Hey y’all,

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

  1. How hobbies can help in tough times.
  2. My adventures in library tourism continue: here’s a report from my visit to the Chattanooga Public Library. Sometimes I feel silly about how much I evangelize for public libraries, but yesterday I was talking to a woman who hadn’t been to our brand-new library here in Austin, and she asked, “Is it free?” (We have work to do!)
  3. Don’t despair, watch the bears.
  4. What I saw on my first night with my new telescope. (Did you know NASA withheld high-res photos of the moon during the Cold War?) Also: Tomorrow is International Asteroid Day!
  5. When you draw things, you’re in control. Want to see something with fresh eyes? Turn it upside down.
  6. The connection between memorization and creativity, Trent Reznor on boredom, Paul Schrader on stealing, and Jim O’Rourke on re-reading books and having too much gear.
  7. I am a huge fan of Laura Dassow Walls’ biography of Thoreau. Here she recommends five books related to Thoreau.
  8. Ear candy: John Coltrane’s lost album.
  9. Eye candy: my wife and I loved Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled. (Here she is profiled by one of my favorite film critics.)
  10. Reminder: “You are alive and living now. Now is the envy of all of the dead.”
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