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10 things worth sharing: a flourish of approval, books about the craft of writing, a great movie I saw, and more...
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Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
Tor.com’s 18 favorite books about the craft of writing. Some good ones are in there, but two of my all-time favorites are missing: Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird (I read the “Jealousy” chapter every year) and Verlyn Klinkenborg’s Several Short Sentences About Writing. (“Who’s going to give you the authority to feel that what you notice is important? / It will have to be you.”)
Great movie: I’d seen the “plate of shrimp” clip from Repo Man before, but never the whole movie. Holy moly. I wish I could stick the VHS in a time machine and send it to myself in high school. Highly recommend the Criterion Collection Blu-Ray. (One of the things I loved about it was Robby Müller’s cinematography. He also shot one of my favorite movies, Down By Law. Next on my watchlist: Paris, Texas.)
On art and parenting: how Anne Truitt’s diaries helped her reconcile being an artist and a mother and the “how to draw” books Picasso created for his daughter. (Last week I linked to a list of some of my favorite books about art and motherhood, and y’all recommended two unread books already on my shelves: Anne Lamott’s Operating Instructions and Rivka Galchen’s Little Labors.)
Surround sound: I went to Costco the other day for the first time in years and got seduced by a cheap Vizio 5.1 surround sound system, which, for $200, sounds pretty good. (We’d previously only had good stereo monitors hooked up to our TV.) I went looking for good movies to test it out on: even the kids got sucked into Kraftwerk 3-D, Blade Runner 2049 was predictably awesome, and I’m planning on giving Mad Max: Fury Road a rewatch. But most surprising was the fact that pretty much every new TV series is mixed for surround, so even the worst show can sound pretty interesting. (Now if the stupid Apple Music app on Roku would do lossless or Dolby Atmos, I’d be a happy camper.)
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