This week: gardens where ideas grow, Prince, a modest guide to productivity, good TV, and more...

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Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. The reader is the musician of the book.”
  2. I finished Duane Tudahl’s Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions and made a 5-hour Spotify playlist of the songs Prince recorded from 1983-1984.  
  3. The gardens where ideas grow.
  4. This interview with Jaron Lanier sums up a lot about Silicon Valley. I look forward to reading his next book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.
  5. Frank Chimero’s modest guide to productivity.
  6. When people ask Audrey Watters what ed-tech she actually likes, she says 70s public TV like Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, “based in research, a respect for children, equity, and love.” Love that. (The Fred Rogers company produces two of our favorite kid shows right now: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Peg + Cat.)
  7. As for grown-up TV: I can’t get enough of Atlanta: Robbin’ Season. It’s been so good it’s bumped The Americans and become my favorite show. (When one of those isn’t available, I’ve been enjoying catching up on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, especially S5:E2, the Miami episode featuring Iggy Pop wisdom.  
  8. A nice profile of my friend Alan Jacobs, author of, among many other books, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction and How To Think.
  9. Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn, on the joy and sorrow of rereading one of my favorite books, John Holt’s How Children Learn. (My notes, here.) I enjoy periodically checking in on Gray’s column in Psychology Today. Also recommended: Why calling the president childish is disrespectful to children
  10. I’m deep into writing my next book right now (more on that soon!), so I’m easing up off social media, but I’m still blogging every day.
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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