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10 things worth sharing: Reading for writing, the art of knowing what you have, and more...
Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
Indexing, filing systems, and the art of knowing what you have.
Reading so much about Emerson and Thoreau has spun me out to a delightfully random reading list. This week I’m reading the Bhagavad Gitaand Conversations of Goethe. (Reading old books reminds us that humans have always been crazy and hilarious.)
“If you think you’re burned out, you’re burned out, and if you don’t think you’re burned out you’re burned out. Everyone sits under the shade of that juniper tree, weeping, and whispering, ‘Enough.’” Jill Lepore on burnout.
“I feel that having a No. 1 record derailed my career and my tearing the photo put me back on the right track.” A great interview with Sinead O’Connor. (I gasped when I grasped the significance of that particular photo.)
Movie: Do you love Barry Lyndon but wish it were half as long and full of wicked sword fights between two dudes who hate each other for no good reason? Then I suggest The Duellists, Ridley Scott’s first movie, based on The Duel by Joseph Conrad, which was based on actual dudes duelling.
Documentary: I really enjoyed The Donut King, the story of a Cambodian refugee who built a multi-million-dollar empire off donuts. (I won’t spoil the ending.)
Before I sign off, I want to wish a very happy birthday to my wife Meghan! She is my favorite person and she patiently proofreads every single one of these newsletters.
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PS. Here’s an unboxing video of the first delivery from my new book club!