Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- My kids helped me illustrate the creative process. (More kid posts: Embroidering your mistakes and how families grow in complexity.)
- Last week I mentioned how much I liked Frederic Gros’s A Philosophy of Walking. This week I read Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust: A History of Walking and her essay about woods and libraries, Garnette Cadogan’s wonderful essays, “Walking While Black” and “Due North,” Thich Nhat Hahn’s How To Walk, and a very interesting little book of diaries and haiku by Taneda Santoka, For All My Walking.
- Answering the question, “Who has time for that?”
- I happily blurbed Jez Burrows’ Dictionary Stories as a “brilliant literary remix.” But don’t take my word for it: Booklist said the book is “Perfect for fans of Austin Kleon.” (Hope they say that about my next book!)
- Why I stick clippings in my books.
- Some good Show Your Work! material: a peek at the process behind Tom Gauld’s musical New Yorker cover and longing for the days of DVD extras.
- Molly Ringwald on The Breakfast Club.
- Ear candy: a Quaker podcast of silence, Dvořák’s “Humoresque,” and pianist Leon Fleisher’s Two Hands. (I originally read about him in Reinventing Bach — this short documentary about the loss of his right hand is worth watching. At the very least, watch him play Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze.”)
- To stay sane, save the news headlines for later. (Remember: you can be woke without waking up to the news.)
- Feeding off the trolls, or: how to profit from your enemies.
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PS. I was delighted to see Newspaper Blackout shelved next to Bill Knott’s I Am Flying Into Myself at Bookpeople here in Austin, TX. (You can buy all my books signed and personalized from them — they ship everywhere!)