Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- “The reader is the musician of the book.”
- 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.
- The gardens where ideas grow.
- 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.
- Frank Chimero’s modest guide to productivity.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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