Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- I start each of my notebooks with a guardian spirit, but my winter notebook went several weeks without one until I saw this picture of Edward Gorey. (From a review of Mark Dery’s new bio, Born to be Posthumous.)
- I’m reading Survive The Savage Sea, the true story of a family who got stranded for 30 days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean. (I learned about it from artist Nina Katchadourian, who explains why it’s her favorite book.)
- The music recording app Garageband was released 15 years ago. I wrote about my six-year-old son’s obsession with it and why it’s one of my favorite pieces of software ever. (Tip for other parents: we’re using iOS 12’s built-in Screen Time to avoid fights over iPad usage, and it’s working pretty well so far.)
- “It matters not where or how far you travel... but how much alive you are.”
- A lot of this rang true: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation. (The book Petersen cites, Malcolm Harris’s Kids These Days, is worth reading.)
- A recent study showed the median pay for full-time writers is stupidly low, surprising no full-time writer alive. Cartoonist Nate Powell posted about how the numbers work out in comics, and why it’s still worth it. (Reading the past two items, I was reminded of the last line of Steve Albini’s classic essay about the music industry.)
- Something more uplifting: A woman turned a 110-year-old dead tree into a Little Free Library.
- Ear candy: we’re not even 2 weeks into 2019, and my 2019 playlist already has almost 2 hours of music on it. Phew. (A few of the songs on that musical diary come from Nick Cave’s list of “hiding songs.”)
- ICYMI: here are my 20 favorite reads and 100 things that made my 2018.
- Remember: You can always turn around.
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