Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- It’s rare, but sometimes I make something that perfectly captures how I’m feeling about everything.
- I tore through Walker Percy’s Lost In The Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book. My favorite part was his theory of “problems of reentry.” (Related reading: “5 thoughts on self-help.”)
- After that, I gobbled up the second half of John McPhee’s The Patch — “An Album Quilt,” made up of uncollected pieces he’s written over his career.
- Mister Rogers (and others) on why you should love what you do in front of the kids in your life.
- Jessica Abel, author of Growing Gills, asks the question many of us have asked: “If creativity is so freeing, why do I feel like I’m trapped?”
- This interview with director Steven Soderbergh is so good and wide-ranging I think it’ll be of interest whether you’re in the film business or not. (Best line: “I can’t make something that I wouldn’t stand in line to go see.”)
- A short reminder that the best a writer has to offer you is in their work.
- Advice from Dolly Parton: “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” (Speaking of: as a recent convert, I will attest: “It’s Just a Matter of Time Till Everybody Loves Lizzo.”)
- Ear candy: I’ve been taking gloomy afternoon strolls to Frank Ocean’s Blonde and J Dilla’s Donuts. (As my friend Frank put it, “Listening to Donuts while doing anything makes you feel like a badass.”) For deep cuts, check out this Spotify playlist of J Dilla samples.
- The religion of walking.
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