This week: quit picking fights, write to discover what you think, listen to Beethoven, and more... 

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Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. Quit picking fights and go make something.”
  2. 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.) 
  3. 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.) 
  4. Yet more for the notebooks file: feast your eyes on these high-resolution scans of a whole Degas sketchbook
  5. Swearing as a meditation, or how Sonia Harris started making her profanity-laced patterns
  6. David Hockney says going deaf has sharpened his art.
  7. Why Beethoven’s late string quartets are so awesome. (Watch a performance and this visualization.) 
  8. The tracks I’ve heard from the forthcoming live album from The Replacements sound massive.
  9. 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. 
  10. 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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