Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- Lynda Barry on your hands as the means of resistance.
- For better thinking, try to hang around like-hearted people more than like-minded people.
- I really enjoyed Frederic Gros’s A Philosophy of Walking. It’s a sausagefest, though, so I might dip back into Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust: A History of Walking, or Keri Smith’s The Wander Society, or I might check out Lauren Elkin’s Flâneuse: Women Walk the City...
- After finishing From Lone Mountain, I wrote about why I love the work of John Porcellino.
- I enjoyed Amy Bloom’s appreciation of my beloved George and Martha, but she got one thing wrong about picture book genius James Marshall.
- Fun: a 9-year-old destroys the New Yorker caption contest.
- Eye candy: I FINALLY saw Black Panther and it was even better than I thought it’d be. (And during the Alamo’s pre-show reel I learned about Wakaliwood.) I’m also loving the new season of Atlanta, making my way through this long profile of creator Donald Glover (here’s how growing up a Jehovah’s Witness might’ve made him more creative), and listening to the great soundtrack on Spotify.
- Ear candy: Drag City Records is now streaming, which means you can finally listen to Bill Callahan/Smog’s whole discography. (Here’s a playlist of some of my favorite songs.)
- The British Museum offers pencils and paper so visitors can draw. (Drawing is part of a cure.)
- My advice for artists and other visual thinkers who want to become better writers.
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