Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- My family and I are spending the winter up on Lake Erie, so I’m reading Thoreau’s journal, and thinking about the seasons, and learning to love the winter like Thoreau did.
- I’m also reading the wintry poems in Tomas Tranströmer’s The Deleted World. (I love this video of Tranströmer playing the piano.)
- A searchable database of over 200k Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. (My pal Adam Norwood recommends a search for “ghost.”)
- The bad news: Alan Jacobs (author of some of my favorite books, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction and How To Think) has left Twitter for good. The good news: he started a newsletter. (Actually, it’s all good news, since everyone should probably leave Twitter.)
- Remember how I wrote about my love for library tourism? Here’s a crowdsourced Lonely Planet for libraries.
- Artist John T. Unger (he’s quoted in both Show Your Work! AND Keep Going) is Kickstartering his wonderful anatomical mosaics — rewards include actual rubies (for only $25!) and life-size prints.
- I’ve been battling some nasty crud, so I need to make a few more gallons of Sonia Harris’s ginger, lemon and maple syrup tea. (You may remember her excellent NSFW Swearing Patterns from a previous newsletter. They would make delightful holiday gifts for the lover of profanity.)
- Ear candy: The wind blowing on Mars. (I listened to it on the Sony noise-cancelling headphones recommended by The Wirecutter. My wife bought me a pair a few months ago they are probably my favorite headphones ever. [Protip: I saw them for $179 at Costco.] Added to The 2018 Kleon Holiday Gift Guide!)
- Eye candy: My friend Lance keeps recommending A Christmas Movie A Day.
- Being a parent is like being an artist.
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