Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- RIP poet Mary Oliver, who taught us, “You do not have to be good.”
- On Marie Kondo and the connection between pack rats and artists.
- I finished Dougal Robertson’s Survive The Savage Sea, which I read only out of curiosity because, as I mentioned last week, it’s Nina Katchadourian’s favorite book. I wrote a little bit about my favorite passage, which is about when a family moves beyond survival mode.
- The bleak brilliance of Nick Drnaso’s graphic novels. (I read Sabrina and it was, indeed, bleak and pretty brilliant. Gonna read Beverly next.) Drnaso’s excellent publisher, Drawn & Quarterly, just announced their fall lineup and it is so, so good. New books coming from some of my very favorite cartoonists: Lynda Barry’s Making Comics, Eleanor Davis’s The Hard Tomorrow, Kevin Huizenga’s The River at Night... there’s even a new Moomin collection!
- I enjoyed Roxane Gay’s candid year in reading and writing. (I tried a similar format in 2012 and now I kind of want to go back to it! Here are all my year-end reading lists.)
- Tough subject: I tried to write about what happens to good teachings when the teacher does bad things.
- Streaming on Netflix: I thought Derry Girls was totally hilarious.
- I loved John Wick and I loved John Wick 2 and you better believe I’m gonna see John Wick 3.
- How the song “Midnight Train to Georgia” started out as “Midnight Plane To Houston.”
- Feeling depressed? Try drawing a picture of Batman. Or maybe learn 3 chords and start a band. Whatever you do, just keep going. The world is more interesting with you in it.
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