Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- A terrific documentary about Fred Rogers. (Previously: Mister Rogers on drawing and looking for the helpers.)
- Tom Hart’s heartbreaking and beautiful comics memoir of losing his toddler, Rosalie Lightning. (My notes here.)
- “Libraries are opportunity centers.” A great video introduction to our new Librarian of Congress.
- Are we solving all the wrong problems? (See also: The difference between doing things right and doing the right thing,)
- An interview with my friends and creative dynamic duo Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton. Don’t miss what Caroline says about her most creative years, Wendy's inspiration wall, and their book collaborations, Lost Cat and Gutsy Girl. (To quote a line from an unrelated interview: “We are defined by who we collaborate with.”)
- For the Steal Like An Artist files: Blake Gopnik traces the artistic lineage of an anti-Trump poster back to this Ben Shahn poster, which, coincidentally, I saw for the first time in Caroline and Wendy’s apartment a few weeks ago.
- Werner Herzog’s Reddit AMA, including his thoughts on reading and traveling by foot and how he writes. (Several people have recommended the book Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed.)
- I wanted my kids to grow up in a house with a piano, so before my son was born, I went out and bought a used one for cheap. There have been several stories over the past couple of years about the decline of the piano in the American home: see Steinway aiming their ambitions at China and all the pianos landing at the dump. For some more level-headed thoughts on the fate of the instrument, here’s a piano tech's 3-part series on piano-dumping: part one on why pianos really get dumped, part two on the piano's resiliency in the culture, and part three on how people repurpose trashed pianos into furniture and art.
- Ear candy: I’m digging Sonny & The Sunsets, especially their song “Green Blood,” Blur’s “Tender” (an old favorite), and this 15-hour Spotify playlist of John Peel Sessions.
- Already looking forward to this year being over? My new 2017 wall calendar is on sale now.