The summer book
10 things worth sharing: July’s book club pick, ear and eye candy, and more...View this email in your browser
Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
My reading life has been even more promiscuous than usual: I’m skimming and skipping and flitting between Bonnie Tsui’s Why We Swim, John Ruskin’s The Elements of Drawing, Joel Dinerstein’s The Origins of Cool in Postwar America, and Walter Scott’s Wendy, Master of Art.
Brian Eno launches his own radio station.
A look at some of the treasures in the Saul Steinberg papers, including an exquisite corpse drawing from his only meeting with Picasso. (Here’s another one.) I recommend following the Beinecke Library at Yale for more great stuff like this.
Netflix: like many, I’ve been sucked into the French mystery series Lupin. The New Yorker profiled the star and producer, Omar Sy. (I was so ignorant when starting the show I didn’t realize the Arsène Lupin booksare real, and many are out of copyright, so you can get the ebooks on Project Gutenberg.)
Podcast: Tyler Mahan Coe’s delivery on Cocaine and Rhinestones took some getting used to, but I had to make time to listen to the episodes about one of my favorite musical duos, Buck Owens and Don Rich. (One secret of a good life seems to be: get you some Don Rich level backup.)
Father’s day is Sunday, so here’s an art experiment I wish I’d started when my kids were babies. (Feel free to steal it and any other parenting ideas!)
Thanks for reading. If you like this newsletter, you can help it keep going: forward it to someone who’d like it, read my books, shop for some of my favorite gear (I get a cut), buy a t-shirt, or hire me to speak.
If you’re seeing this newsletter for the first time, you can read previous issues and subscribe here.