I’m on a big road trip with the family this week. Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing:
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- I brought two (paper) books of poetry with me on the trip: Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey and T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. I’ve been too tired to read a page of either of them, though, so maybe I should’ve downloaded the Claire Danes audiobook or the recording of Eliot himself reading!
- A list of the 100 best pens. They have a few Pilot G-2s on the list, but not the Pilot G-2 Bold, the pen I write with every morning. It produces a smooth, fat, smeary line that I adore. (I put it on my holiday gift guide.)
- Need something to read? Try NPR’s best of 2018 book concierge. (I don’t make my year-end list until the very end of the year.)
- Movie lovers: my friend Lance has terrific taste, but hates the internet, so I’m posting his holiday movie recommendations over at A Christmas Movie A Day.
- Music writer Geeta Dayal on writing as an optimistic act. (Check out her great 33 1/3 book on Brian Eno’s Another Green World.)
- Dwight Garner shares favorite quotes from his commonplace book.
- Editor Tavi Gevinson’s heartfelt letter on the end of Rookie.
- Everything is for sale now. Including us.
- The bad news: Freshwater is getting salty. The good news: Salt water is the cure for everything.
- RIP Buzzcock’s Pete Shelley. Gonna throw on Singles Going Steady tonight.
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