Here’s a list of 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- You know what Friday it is. I am not above it, so I updated The Kleon Holiday Gift Guide for 2018. (Here’s an archive of my old gift guides, and if you have young ones, I love this gift guide for kids.)
- Unlike the NYTimes and others, I don’t make my favorite reads of the year list until the year is over, but here are some 2018 contenders: Eleanor Davis, You & A Road & A Bike; Denis Johnson, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden; Duncan Hannah, 20th Century Boy; Eve Babitz’s Eve’s Hollywood, David Sedaris, Calypso; Patricia Lockwood, Priestdaddy; Agnes Martin, Paintings, Drawings, Remembrances; Heidi Julavits, The Folded Clock; Chris Ware, Monograph; and Luke Pearson’s Hilda books.
- I didn’t see a lot of movies this year, but, like everyone else, I adored Won’t You Be My Neighbor? And probably unlike everyone else, I watched Phantom Thread no less than four times.
- I’m hopelessly behind with music, too, but new releases I loved: Parquet Courts’ Wide Awake!, Mary Lattimore’s Hundreds of Days, Chilly Gonzales’s Solo Piano III, Numero Group’s Basement Beehive comp, and the remix of The Beatles’ White Album.
- Thoughts on close listening and my teenage adventures mapping music.
- Louis Armstrong’s collages and pasting images in your diary so you always have something to write about.
- Eye candy: Alexander Girard’s boxes.
- Ear candy: The Beatles vs. Wu-Tang Clan.
- For your streaming pleasure: the film distributor A24 has put its films on Kanopy. (Check to see if you have access through your local library!)
- RIP Cleveland journalist Nikki Delamotte. Here are some links to her stories. I’m reading her book, 100 Things To Do in Cleveland Before You Die, which, though it’s a straightforward guidebook, is infused with her wonderful taste and voice.
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