Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- “Quit picking fights and go make something.”
- Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead, my favorite of the books I read last year, on writing as a process of discovery, from a forthcoming essay collection, Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process. (Previously mentioned: Alan Jacobs on writing to think.)
- I started reading Lawrence Weschler’s Waves Passing in the Night and got a little obsessed with film editor Walter Murch, so much so that I immediately ordered his book about film editing, In the Blink of an Eye, and his book with Michael Ondaatje, The Conversations. (Speaking of Michael Ondaatje, check out his beautiful notebooks.)
- Yet more for the notebooks file: feast your eyes on these high-resolution scans of a whole Degas sketchbook.
- Swearing as a meditation, or how Sonia Harris started making her profanity-laced patterns.
- David Hockney says going deaf has sharpened his art.
- Why Beethoven’s late string quartets are so awesome. (Watch a performance and this visualization.)
- The tracks I’ve heard from the forthcoming live album from The Replacements sound massive.
- Film nerds: I finally tried out the FilmStruck streaming service, and I’m really impressed. If they can offer better subtitle options (my wife and I like to watch movies with the subtitles on) it’ll be pretty close to perfect.
- A thoughtful piece by Matt Thomas, writer of the great Sunday NYTimes Digest, on living with the seasons. (Here are my own thoughts on the subject.)
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