Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- I didn’t accomplish a whole lot this week other than filing the taxes, getting my first migraine, and making a new zine.
- Books: I’m reading W.H. Auden’s essay collection, The Dyer’s Hand, and Richard Feynman’s memoir, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman, both brilliant, yet annoying the heck out of me. (I’m not having trouble reading, I’m having trouble finishing!) Two books in my big stack getting big reviews: Maria Konnikova’s The Biggest Bluff (“Less certainty, more inquiry”!) and Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman’s Big Friendship. (“Shine theory”!)
- From the archives: On solitude, and being who you are.
- Lawrence Wright on how pandemics wreak havoc and open minds. (His book God Save Texas was on my best of 2019 list.) Related: How ideas spread like the plague.
- Eye candy: Dürer’s self-portrait and studies of pillows. (He made those drawings when he was the ripe old age of twenty-two.)
- Music: Last week I posted one of Hiroshi Yoshimura’s ambient albums, Music for Nine Postcards, only to find out a few days later that his album Green was just reissued. If you dig those albums, check out the comp, Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990. (For something more upbeat, Matador just reissued the first 3 Gang of Four albums and 14 concert recordings for streaming.)
- Movies: I enjoyed the romantic comedy Palm Springs and rewatched Blade Runner 2049. (I crave movies with worlds I can sink into.)
- Parents: I think L.M. Sacasas on children and technology is worth reading. (Related: “Not all screen time is created equal.”) Other good reads on technology: Alan Jacobs on his garden shears and Matt Thomas on grinding coffee by hand. (My favorite hand-powered technology? Paper and pencil.)
- RIP Dart Bowl. Their enchiladas were legendary.
- This week’s assignment: Less doomscrolling and more airplane mode!
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