Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- Lemony Snicket's advice for writing a thank you note. (See also: How To Graciously Say No To Anyone.)
- A slim book of Marcel Duchamp interviews, with a great dedication page. (My notes here.) I find Duchamp’s life fascinating — he worked steadily, but slowly, produced very little, played a ton of chess, and totally changed art. I recommend this biography. (Favorite bits here.)
- Michael Robbins on his book collecting habit. (Related reading: anti-libraries and the Japanese word for books that pile up on our shelves.)
- Why a world without Barnes and Noble would be bad for book-lovers.
- A manifesto of the idle parent.
- The typography and design of Blade Runner. (I love both the movie and the book it was based on.)
- Like many, I have been totally sucked into the ESPN documentary O.J.: Made In America. It is, as the director claims, “a big American Studies paper.”
- R. Crumb’s adaptation of the book of Genesis is boring, ugly, and barbaric, and that’s why I think it’s brilliant.
- A highly entertaining interview with Jane and Michael Stern, authors of the classic series, Roadfood.
- I'm having an art show in San Francisco next Friday! Details here. I hope to write next week’s newsletter from a nice café in North Beach.