Something that will outlast them
10 things worth sharing: disgust as a survival trait, beautiful books, and more...
Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing:
This week I’m enjoying the win. I’m sure my disgust with civilization will return soon. (And when it does, I’ll turn it into compost.) I can count two good things that came out of the former administration: my diary habit and Warren Craghead’s amazing drawings.
My kids love video games, so I’ve been reading more about them. Raph Koster’s A Theory of Fun for Game Design was a new experience: I don’t think I’ve ever been more turned off by the design of a book (crude drawings and pesky endnotes) while simultaneously devouring it.
Jennifer Daniel on designing emoticons.
Ear candy: the algorithm served me this track recorded at home by the pianist Víkingur Ólafsson and now I’m a fan. (A few have raved to me about his Philip Glass album, but right now I’m enjoying the Bach and the Debussy/Rameau. If you’re into CDs, you can get them all in one set. He has a new one called Reflections coming in a few months.) Over at NPR Classical there’s a nice Tiny Desk Concert and an interview about how he’s weathering the pandemic.
Some solid advice from E.L. Doctorow: “Read deeply, steal what you can and always listen for the music.”
Thanks for reading. If you want a signed or personalized book, I’m signing a big batch on Monday at Bookpeople, so get your orders in this weekend!
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PS. Thanks to everyone for their kind words about the new audiobook!