Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- Who cares if it’s good or bad? Hang it on the refrigerator.
- My 5-year-old and I just got into Luke Pearson’s Hilda comics — they’re like Tove Jansson’s Moomin meets Miyazaki. Really good. Prepare to hear more and more about Hilda: Netflix is streaming a new animated series based on the books. (I want one of these Hilda dolls!)
- My favorite maps and how they’ve inspired me. (I was spurred to write this by the beautiful new book, The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands. You can read writer David Mitchell’s excerpt here, and see a few more of the featured maps here.)
- When people show you who they are, believe them.
- Previously, I’ve written about the importance of marginalia — reading with a pencil — and this week I wrote about how reading the right book at the right time with a pencil can lead to your best writing.
- Friends in the news: The Smithsonian covers John T. Unger’s anatomical mosaics and Vijay Gupta is a MacArthur genius! (Funny story: we’re friends because I saw him in an old Reading Rainbow episode and had to find out what happened to him.)
- Drawing is the best way to learn. (Related: a newly-discovered ancient comic strip.)
- A couple of good musician interviews: Chan Marshall and Chilly Gonzales. (Here’s Chilly on stealing like an artist.)
- What makes The Good Place so good. (The David Foster Wallace quote creator Michael Schur has hanging in his office could’ve fit nicely in Keep Going.)
- RIP musician Otis Rush, artist Geta Bratescu, and engineer Geoff Emerick — his memoir, Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles, is worth a read if you’re a fan. (Here are some of my favorite excerpts.)
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PS. Thanks to @thetravellingfox for this great photo of Show Your Work!