10 things worth sharing: what art’s all about, copying quotes from library books, ear and eye candy, and more...
Tuesday I shared a page-by-page video walkthrough of my diary. If you’d like to join our Tuesday fun and support these free Friday newsletters, I’m offering 20% off paid subscriptions through the weekend:
Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
My May pick for our Read Like an Artist book club is one of my all-time favorites and a bonafide classic: Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics.
For the first time in a few years, we returned to our civic cathedral last weekend and took the boys to the downtown branch of the Austin Public Library. (I love being a tourist in my own town.) As happens when you experience “the serendipity of the stacks,” I found a book on the NEW shelf I’d never heard of: writer/artist James Hannahan’s strange but compelling Pilot Impostor, inspired by air disasters and Richard Zenith’s translations of Fernando Pessoa and Co. (I previously wrote about Pessoa’s heteronyms.)
How I copy quotes from a library book. (I’ve been experimenting with Reels on my Instagram to trick the algorithm into caring about me. For a thoughtful rise-and-fall tale of the algorithm, see Dean Petersen’s video, “I Went Viral on TikTok.”)
John Hendrickson just revealed the striking cover (designed by Oliver Munday) for his forthcoming book, Life on Delay: Making Peace with a Stutter. (Disclosure: Meg and I are featured in the book, talking about being the proud parents of kids who stutter.)
Other good-lookin’ books: Liana Finck’s Let There Be Light, an adaptation of the Book of Genesis with a female God, and Grace Ferris’s Mom Milestones. (I’m interviewing Grace later this month at Bookpeople here in Austin, Texas.)
Assorted eye candy: the Show Your Work!-style posts of woodcut artist John Vasquez Mejias and these mini zines by Charlotte Brontë.
Moving pictures: I loved the first episode of Tokyo Vice directed by the great Michael Mann. (The other episodes were good, too.) The whole family enjoyed Luca during pizza night. (Relevant to my interests, as they say.)
It was a great week for music. I loved this “best of” playlist that Jim O’Rourke made of his production work for Drag City. (A few pointed out the absence of “Ghost Ship in a Storm.”) The great Billy Nomates released a new single! I blasted Nirvana: Live at Reading while cleaning my office. And like everybody else, I like Wet Leg’s debut, Wet Leg.
Mark Twain said, “It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected.” What about proplifting?
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Just ordered both of your books mentioned in here. Was introduced to Steal Like an Artist years ago as my bf drives around with it in his car. Each time, he's driving, I pick it up I start from the beginning... again... I guess I need to get my own copy of that too! Just joined as a paid subscriber with your promo. Excited to see what all you will share with us! You are so inspiring and I need that lately!
Love the new Austin library--thanks for the pix. If I ever get to your city, it will be on my not-to-miss list. Your photos remind me of the magnificent central libraries of San Francisco and Salt Lake City. For me, the mother ship of libraries is New York (City) Public Library's 5th Ave main branch. Our local library system is no slouch either. Years ago, the twenty public libraries across Monroe County, NY, electronically merged their collections on the internet. You can borrow from any library in the system. The "hold" system will also deliver the book to the library you select for pickup for a small fee of 50 cents per book.
Your quote-copy idea is gold! In library books I would mark quotes with post-its and then photocopy the pages. Tedious, and I rarely get around to actually cutting out the quotes to put in my notebooks. I haven't tested this process on Kindle yet. Their highlight-and-download system is handy but has limits.