Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- All word nerds have their pet peeves. Mine is: “Don’t get me wrong.”
- I had an extremely eclectic and promiscuous week in reading: I’m somehow reading a 500-page Goethe bio, a comic about cyclopes (I think that's how you pluralize them), an essay collection about the city-state of Los Angeles, and a writing manual of several short sentences about writing.
- Why I try to re-read Tim Kreider’s “The Referendum” every year.
- Eye candy: illustrations from a 19th century Japanese fireworks catalog, featured in The Public Domain Review’s forthcoming book, Affinities. (I’m a huge fan of the book as a medium for juxtaposing images.)
- Ear and eye candy: How Sun Ra taught us to believe in the impossible. (The brilliant Warren Craghead is listening to every Sun Ra album on Bandcamp and posting a drawing and a review. As of yesterday, he was at album forty-one.)
- Podcast: I enjoyed this conversation between Alison Gopnik and Ezra Klein about one of my favorite topics: what children can teach adults about learning and creativity. (See my diary notes.)
- The Ransom Center here in Austin, TX has made over 10,000 movie posters available to download for free.
- Steal like Elvis Costello: “Take the broken pieces of another thrill and make a brand new toy.”
- RIP composer and synth pioneer Peter Zinovieff. (Check out this appearance on the BBC.)
- Goethe’s last words: “More light!”
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