Look away from the pit
10 things worth sharing: avoiding doomscrolling, the importance of the mailing list, showing your kids who you are, and more...
On Tuesday I did something I’ve never done before: I posted a 20-minute video walkthrough of my diary. Thanks to the paid subscribers who buy me the time to do weird, fun stuff like this! More to come.
Here are 10 other things I thought were worth sharing this week:
Please, for goodness’ sake, start a mailing list.
Ideally, I like to read nonfiction during the day and fiction at night in bed. Sometimes it makes for wild combinations, like this week: William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience by day and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven at night. (No, I haven’t seen the show yet! No spoilers.)
I finally got to see Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time, a documentary I backed on Kickstarter so long ago my first grader wasn’t even born yet. I must admit I wish it had been a more conventional American Masters style doc that stuck to Vonnegut’s life and work: There’s so much wonderful footage of his early life, later lectures, manuscript drafts, his study, etc., I felt all that could’ve stood on its own without the awkward framing of the friendship between subject and filmmaker. So it goes. I’m now going to check out Ginger Strand’s The Brothers Vonnegut — she excerpted a nice piece about how Jane Vonnegut made Kurt Vonnegut a writer.
RIP fashion legend André Leon Talley. It’s a rare week that goes by when I don’t think of his mini-monologue from The September Issue: “So far, it’s been a bleak streak over here in America! You know what? It’s a famine of beauty. A famine of beauty, honey! My eyes are starving for beauty!”
RIP my grandmother, Arlene Kleon. I wrote about a lesson I learned from both of my grandmas: Show your children who you are.
Hang in there, keep going, and I’ll see you next week.