Hope you’re staying cool. If things get too rough, just take a few minutes and watch the bears.
Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- Sometimes it’s easiest to do the opposite of what you hate and sometimes it’s easier to get started when you make a list of what you won't do.
- When I get stuck in reading ruts, I read music books. This week I read Prince: The Last Interview and Bobby Womack’s wild autobiography, Midnight Mover. (Here’s a short Spotify playlist of some of my favorite Womack songs.)
- I also read Mira Jacob’s comic, Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. The book was a great example of the cartoonist Seth’s equation that comics = poetry + graphic design. (Here’s a good interview about the making of the book.)
- Where are all the Bob Ross paintings?
- I’m a huge fan of Amanda Petrusich’s writing for The New Yorker. Week after week she’s been publishing wonderful pieces. This week it was an interview with Wendell Berry.
- How Picasso’s muse became a master. (I gotta get a copy of Life With Picasso.)
- Printmaking with my six-year-old. (We’ve also been having fun with these scratchboard mini notes.)
- Eye candy: I dig Gordon Matta-Clark’s “anarchitecture” and the pixel art backgrounds of @waneella_.
- Ear candy: I’m enjoying the Roy Orbison meets Michael Stipe vibes of Orville Peck’s Pony. Also: I took my six-year-old to see Carly Rae Jepsen this week and I’m happy to report that I no longer have to dance to her music alone.
- Travel tip: Go to the local grocery store. (Also: Go to the public library. And maybe a state park!)
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