Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- Last Sunday, my kids achieved one of my professional dreams: a full page of drawings in The New York Times.
- Nick Cave on writer’s block.
- I found a batch of remixed advertisements in an old diary, and boy do they seem relevant to these quarantine days.
- New paintings by Kerry James Marshall.
- Camo is an app that turns your iPhone into a high-quality webcam. (I used it to film a Good Morning America segment over Zoom this week and it worked like a charm.)
- Eye candy: animator Don Hertzfeldt posted a teaser trailer announcing part three of his amazing film, World of Tomorrow. (Here is a recent filmed Q&A about his classic short, Rejected.)
- Ear candy: For some sonic diversion, check out the #perfect31 album challenge on Instagram, especially the contributions of @thisisqueenesther, who is sharing great albums by black musicians, and @mikemonteiro, who got the whole thing going. (My picks: @austinkleon.)
- On Netflix: I did not expect a documentary about Rubik’s Cube solvers to bring me to tears, but The Speed Cubers did just that. (Related reading: “In praise of solvable problems.”)
- RIP pianist Leon Fleisher, who lost the use of his right hand for many years. I first read about him in Paul Elie’s Reinventing Bach. (His story is told in the short documentary, Two Hands, and his album of the same name is wonderful.) Here is a list of lessons his son learned from him, and here is a video of him playing “Sheep May Safely Graze.”
- A simple question that often solves my first draft problems: “What did you really want to say?”
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PS. Here are some kittens with good taste, courtesy of @reddy2go: