Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- A list of my favorite books I read this year.
- I wrote about the folly of making lists, and re-visited some of my previous reading years.
- Here’s how to read more next year.
- I’m currently reading Oliver Sacks’ The River of Consciousness, one of the last books he worked on before his death. It has some great stuff on memory, creativity, and, yes, stealing!
- I’ve also been dipping into Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey, and doing a daily reading of A.R. Ammons’ Tape for the Turn of the Year.
- An ode to the search box, and why I wish computers were still dumb.
- We’ve all been through enough this year, so I hope you work as little as possible in these last few weeks. (If you need an anthem, try “Hallelujah, I’m a bum!”)
- We’re watching non-stop Christmas movies around our house. I finally saw The Thin Man and loved it.
- We’re also playing non-stop Christmas music. If you can’t get enough A Charlie Brown Christmas, you might enjoy my christmas jazz playlist on Spotify. (For me, Christmas sounds like John Coltrane’s version of “My Favorite Things.”)
- If you need to do some last-minute shopping, here are some of my favorite gifts and stocking stuffers.
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PS. The new year will be here soon. Get my new calendar!
PPS. Here’s a festive photo from my Brazilian publisher — books make great gifts, you know...and mine fit in a stocking! :)