Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- To produce something worth being found, you must play a little hide-and-seek.
- This week I got to read the manuscript for Breaking Bread with the Dead, Alan Jacobs’s forthcoming book about why we should all read old books. It’s a great final installment in the trilogy that began with The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction and How To Think.
- Speaking of old books, I’m in the middle — the Middle Ages, in fact! — of reading E.H. Gombrich’s history book for kids, A Little History of the World, first published in 1936. It’s really fun. (You may know Gombrich from his bestselling The Story of Art.)
- Favorite thing I wrote this week: Why every age needs a Diogenes.
- Ear candy: The endless potential of the pedal steel guitar. (Love this cover of Aphex Twin’s “Avril 14th.” — I’m currently learning it on piano.)
- Eye candy: Pillows carved from blocks of white marble.
- Movie: I finally saw Parasite and it was terrific. Highly recommended. (If you’ve seen it, check out how Bong Joon Ho and his team built the sets.)
- Another great movie I saw: David Shields’ feature-length collage/YouTube clip mashup Marshawn Lynch: A History. (Streaming on Kanopy — check to see if your library gives you access. If you’re in Austin, Shields is screening it at the Austin Public Library later this month.)
- Even more movies: I used to devour Molly Ivins’ columns in high school, so I loved the documentary Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins. I also watched and liked the Nora Ephron documentary, Everything is Copy. Finally, I enjoyed “The Year in Yelling,” an essay about Moonstruck, one of my all-time favorite movies; Catastrophe, a show that perfectly captures the lunacy of being married with kids; and Marriage Story, a movie I refuse to watch.
- As we finish up the week, here’s a warning from Alasdair Gray.
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PS. I dig this visual summary of Keep Going by @paulmignard: