First off, some of y’all have asked if there’s going to be a 2019 wall calendar — no, sorry, here’s the deal on that. (For a replacement: I’m really into this lunar calendar.)
And here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- Keep Going is in the can, so to speak, so I’m clearing off the bulletin board, starting a fresh banker’s box, and thinking about the residue of creativity.
- Art critic and failed artist Jerry Saltz’s 33 rules for being an artist. (Some of these will sound familiar!)
- This week I read Edward McClelland’s How To Speak Midwestern and Charles Simic’s Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell. (The most valuable book on my nightstand is often the one that puts me to sleep.) Oh, and I finally finished I finished Edward Carey’s illustrated novel, Little, which was terrific. (If you’re in Austin, try to see his show at the public library.)
- What can be lost when we share what we love.
- I’ve decided to make watching The Last Waltz a Thanksgiving tradition.
- Fresh Air host Terri Gross on how to talk to people.
- Want to remember something? Draw it. (Drawing is part of a cure!)
- Why is Japan still so attached to paper? (Answer: because paper is a wonderful technology!)
- Ear candy: Music from Saharan Cell Phones. (So far I’ve only listened to volume one.)
- RIP Spongebob creator Stephen Hillenbrand. (I missed the show the first time around, but love watching it on vacation with my kids. I also love that there’s a drawing of Hillenbrand’s in John Baldessari’s studio.) RIP Farmerbrown. RIP magician and actor Ricky Jay. (If you have a New Yorker subscription or can access it through your library, check out Mark Singer’s 1993 profile, “Secrets of the Magus,” which contains the amazing line, “a Ph.D. is just a sign of docility.” Or, read his letter to the Secretary of Defense or listen to his voiceover for the opening of the film Magnolia.)
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PS. Those are Sheila Ghidini’s pencil shavings above :)