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The best thing I read this week was Kurt Vonnegut’s Timequake. Why did it take me so long to read the last novel by one of my very favorite writers? For some reason I had assumed it was “minor” Vonnegut, but even “minor” Vonnegut is major to me. Timequake is about everyone in the world coming back to life after a big traumatic event — sound familiar? — but it’s also Vonnegut trying to fit his moral worldview and how he thinks we should live into one last book. The ending, set under the stars at a clambake, is particularly beautiful. Ting-a-ling.
After my adventure last week of going through a stack of melted 45 singles, I went out and bought a refurbished tape deck. I christened it by listening to 20-year-old tapes of the short-lived radio show I did with my college roommate. If you’d like to travel back to 2003 and hear what we played here’s a Spotify playlist.
“Everything is for sale! Make me an offer! Thank you for shopping!” The weirdest, most delightful thing I watched this week is The Pricemaster, a 2003 lo-fi film about a group of art students in Denton, TX who throw a Marshall McLuhan-inspired garage sale. Comedy ensues. (If you don’t have 30 minutes, here’s a 2-minute taste.)
A master class in stealing like an artist: a breakdown of the most iconic samples in hip-hop from 1973 to 2023.
TV: Meg and I really liked Deadloch, a “feminist noir comedy set against a bucolic backdrop with a rising body count.” It’s dark and funny and genuinely suspenseful. (The creators say the working title was Funny Broadchurch.)
“Walking with the net is like reading with a pencil in hand.” Lewis Hyde on why, even though he doesn’t catch butterflies anymore, he still walks with a butterfly net.
Your assignment this week from Rilke: “I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart.”
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