Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
- Jez Burrows is taking example sentences from the dictionary and turning them into Dictionary Stories.
- The British library has put a million images into the public domain.
- I enjoyed Jon Ronson's The Psychopath Test. (I also really liked his newest book, So Youâ€™ve Been Publicly Shamed.)
- So many people have written to me about this post I wanted to share it again: How to graciously say no to anyone.
- I re-read George Saundersâ€™ short story â€œSea Oak,â€ from an old favorite of mine, his 2000 collection, Pastoralia. (If you're new to his work, I recommend Tenth of December and his great commencement speech about kindness.)
- I bought my introverted wife this t-shirt.
- Fascinating charts of how movies have performed financially.
- On the virtues of brevity in writing.
- A few of my favorite bands â€” Destroyer, Beach House, and Yo La Tengo â€” have new albums out that are streaming on NPR. (Lately I've been listening to a lot of Joni Mitchell and The Isley Brothers.)
- I added the Hopscotch Design Festival in Raleigh, NC to my fall tour to promote The Steal Like An Artist Journal. (Here are all the dates we have booked so far.)