Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
Happy holidays, y’all. Thanks for reading. You’ll hear from me just one more time before this year is over: Next week I’ll post my annual favorite books of the year list, and in the New Year, my annual top 100.
- The garden in your mind.
- Books: I gobbled up Lawrence Wright’s God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State. (I’m building up the stamina to read his buddy Steve “Start Before You Think You’re Ready” Harrigan’s 900+ page history, Big Wonderful Thing.)
- Your output depends on your input.
- The best song ever written about artistic success. (Unwittingly, I wrote two other posts this week about songs I love: Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows” and The Who’s “A Quick One.”)
- Fifteen ways to survive the coming collapse of civilization is a much lighter read than the title suggests. (I haven’t read the book.)
- Gary Larson’s The Far Side has a new website which includes a look at his sketchbooks. (I wore my Midvale School for the Gifted t-shirt to school every week until it disintegrated.)
- Education is not a race, it’s an amble.
- Best-selling children’s author Mo Willems on sparking creativity and joy. (I’ve read The Pigeon Books many, many times. Willems is making paintings based on Beethoven’s symphonies — here’s a wonderful Twitter thread about the composer’s work.)
- Art critic Peter Schjeldahl reflects on the art of dying.
- RIP actor Danny Aiello. He’s probably best known for his role in Do The Right Thing, but he was also in one of my all-time favorites, Moonstruck. (My friend Lance hasn’t picked it yet for one of his movies to watch on Christmas Day, but I think it would make an excellent addition.)
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