In this week’s newsletter: hiding to be found, why every age needs a Diogenes, lots of movie recommendations, and more...

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It is a joy to be hidden but disaster not to be found

Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:

  1. To produce something worth being found, you must play a little hide-and-seek.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. Favorite thing I wrote this week: Why every age needs a Diogenes.
  5. 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.)
  6. Eye candy: Pillows carved from blocks of white marble.
  7. 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.)
  8. 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.)
  9. 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.
  10. As we finish up the week, here’s a warning from Alasdair Gray.
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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