Greetings from Cleveland, my wife’s hometown, a city I think is terribly underrated. (Although, that might be changing.) Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- “You shoot your arrow and then you paint your bullseye around it.”
- I read Knotted Tongues: Stuttering in History and the Quest for a Cure. (There is a long list of creative people who stutter — some claim the impediment greatly influenced their work.)
- I also started Melville’s “Bartleby The Scrivener: A Story of Wall-street,” which is much funnier than I expected. (Last week I was walking around Battery Park in NYC and I thought of the first chapter of Moby-Dick.)
- Need an idea? Leonardo da Vinci said you should look at stains on the wall. (Speaking of Leonardo, I can’t get over how much I prefer the unretouched Salvator Mundi.)
- Susan Orlean on growing up in the library, an excerpt from her new one, The Library Book. (If that’s not enough, here are 12 other authors + my pal Alan Jacobs on libraries they love.)
- A huge archive of Andy Warhol’s black and white photography is now available for free online.
- After hearing that Keep Going isn’t coming out until April, many people asked me why it’s gonna take so darned long. To answer the question, I made a timeline of the book.
- I had to call poison control last week because of the exact (benign) incident described at the beginning of this excellent Radiolab episode. God bless ’em!
- The first abstract painter was a woman.
- RIP Mary Midgley. (She published her first book at age 59, her last at 99!) And RIP translator Anthea Bell. (Here’s a 2013 profile of her work.) I’ve become really fascinated with the art of translation after following Emily Wilson (universally acclaimed for her translation of The Odyssey) on Twitter: @EmilyRCWilson.
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