Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- When you start reading or writing, it’s like stepping into a portal.
- How Paul Simon wrote “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and how songwriting has changed in the past 50 years.
- I’m reading Beth Pickens’ Make Your Art No Matter What, which was recommended to me by several friends. (Her previous book was Your Art Will Save Your Life.)
- I’m also reading Robert D. Richardson’s biography, William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism. Richardson wrote two other biographies I want to read, Emerson: The Mind on Fire, and Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind, which was so good Annie Dillard wrote him a fan letter and they wound up getting married!
- To add even more to my book piles, some of my favorite authors have new books out: Elizabeth McCracken’s The Souvenir Museum, Jon Klassen’s The Rock from the Sky, and Hanif Abdurraqib’s A Little Devil in America are all in stores now, and Olivia Laing’s Everybody comes out next month.
- Music: The long tail of Aphex Twin’s “Avril 14th” and 5 minutes that’ll make you love Brahms. (I’m currently listening to his “Concerto in D Major,” which plays at the end of There Will Be Blood, one of the greatest film scores of all time.)
- Movies: the kids and I loved The LEGO Batman Movie and I saw Midnight Run for the first time. (It’s good!)
- RIP DMX. RIP the ArcLight. (My friend James Flynn wrote about how special it was to see movies there.)
- Writing as a spiritual practice.
- Spring is in full bloom here, and the pansies have returned!
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