In this week’s newsletter: why I keep blogging, breaking bread with the dead, raunchy comedies, and more...

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Hey y’all,

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

  1. I’ve been blogging for 15 years! Here are 3 reasons I keep going
  2. A question for making good life choices: “Will this enlarge me or diminish me?
  3. Why we should all make time for breaking bread with the dead.
  4. It was the late poet Mary Oliver’s birthday yesterday. She taught us to make an appointment with the page and “you do not have to be good.”
  5. It was saxophonist Sonny Rollins’ 90th birthday this week, and I celebrated by listening to this 3-hour playlist of his music. (Saxophone Colossus could’ve gone on my list of 31 perfect records.)
  6. Eye candy: check out these archives of Ed Ruscha and Dorothea Lange’s photographs.
  7. Netflix: I’m all about the raunchy comedies these days: Teenage Bounty Hunters and Toast of London both hit the spot, especially the former, co-created by and starring the brilliant Matt Berry, aka Laszlo Cravensworth (aka Jackie Daytona) in What We Do In The Shadows. (Berry also plays Moominpapa in the new Moominvalley series, so I can shout lines from the adult shows in my best Berry impression at the kids and they think I’m doing Moominpapa.) 
  8. PBS: I enjoyed this American Masters documentary on Jacques Pépin. (Check out his hand-drawn menus, which inspired this illustrated cooking journal. Also, my wife says his memoir is quite good!)
  9. On art and artificial intelligence.
  10. On answering letters.
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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