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Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 

  1. My six-year-old and I made a book trailer for Keep Going.
  2. I am totally engrossed in Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed, a 400+ page interview with the director. It’s so dense with stories and poetic sentences worth underlining that it’s taking me forever to read.
  3. Stevie Smith recites her poem, “Not Waving But Drowning.”
  4. This transcription of the late food critic Jonathan Gold in the classroom is full of gems about writing, food, and taste. (This was right before the release of the wonderful documentary about him, City of Gold.) I just ordered his book, Counter Intelligence. (Whenever I read him or Eve Babitz, I’m like, “Why don’t I live in L.A.?”)
  5. The secret to a good life? Get a good pencil. (Still in love with my Palamino Blackwings.)
  6. Patricia Lockwood on the internet is wild and very, very good, like her book, Priestdaddy. (One of my favorite books I read last year.)
  7. Citizen Kane as a cautionary tale for Jeff Bezos.
  8. Worth streaming: my wife and I enjoyed Page Eight, the first in The Worricker Trilogy. (Here’s the video of Billie Holiday and Lester Young they watch in his apartment. The clip is part of an hour-long 1957 CBS program called “The Sound of Jazz.” Both Holiday and Young would be dead in two years.)
  9. Ear candy: the Rushmore soundtrack is even better than I remembered and an excellent afternoon walk album. (Come for “Making Time,” stay for “A Quick One While He’s Away.”)
  10. RIP artist Tomi Ungerer. Here’s a good clip from the documentary about him, Far Out Isn’t Far Enough. (I ordered The Three Robbers and Moon Man for my boys.)
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