Books that suck you in and spin you out
10 things worth sharing: art as a souvenir, centripetal vs. centrifugal forces, ear and eye candy, and more...
The day after April Fools is a good time to remember that most personal progress requires first learning to play the fool. (On that note, here’s a new playlist.)
Okay, let’s get to it. 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
I’m in love with The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands. I’ve always been a bit obsessed with maps and even started my own collection of imaginary maps way back in 2008. (If I’d have owned this book when I was doing my undergrad thesis, who knows, maybe I’d be a novelist.) The Writer’s Map would pair well with Peter Turchi’s book, Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer.
I’m doing a live online chat and Q&A with Jessica Abel this week and registration is free. (I met Jessica thirteen years ago when I drew her appearance at Austin Books and Comics. I look forward to catching up.)
Ear candy: the new Pharaoh Sanders record is just terrific. I’ve also been spinning David Byrne’s score for The Catherine Wheel (after watching the Twyla Moves documentary) and Molly Joyce’s Breaking and Entering, which has an inspiring backstory.
RIP author Larry McMurtry. (Lonesome Dove is one of my all-time favorite novels and one of my time capsules. His book Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen is also a big influence on my ideas about community and creativity in mundane retail spaces.) RIP author Beverly Cleary. RIP musical pioneer Malcolm Cicel, who, among other things, helped Stevie Wonder make his incredible run of 70s records.
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