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Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- The wildest, coolest thing I read this week was 17776. I will let the New Yorker explain it: “A viral multimedia project written by Jon Bois... combines text, YouTube videos, and eerie graphics to explore sports, boredom, and immortality in the year 17776.” I’m not gonna tell you any more, just give it a click. Perfect Friday afternoon time-killer.
- An epic Show Your Work! post from Ryan Holiday documenting how he wrote his latest book, Perennial Bestseller. (Check out his reading newsletter.)
- Photographer David Slater reveals he's broke after being sued by a monkey.
- I really liked this poem, “The Drink,” from Ron Padgett’s Collected Poems. (Here’s an MP3 of him reading it, from this great archive.) Padgett wrote all the poems in the Jim Jarmusch movie Paterson (recommended!) — here’s an interview with the two of them from a PBS Newshour feature on the movie. (Here’s an audio interview with Padgett about the process.)
- My friend Mike Monteiro wrote an essay about turning 50. (He has a newsletter you might like called “Good News.”)
- Over 2,000 cassettes from the Allen Ginsberg archives are now streaming online.
- Ear candy: I’ve been catching up with the Meet The Composer podcast, and really liked these “From The Vaults” episodes with John Cage and Leonard Bernstein. (My 4-year-old son refers to him as “Bernie Einstein.”)
- Eye candy: Watch Orson Welles’ amazing cinematic essay, F For Fake. (If they take the video down, which can’t be legal anyways, go buy or rent it sometime, OR check your local library: the Austin Public Library has a whole bunch of movies streaming from The Criterion Collection.)
- There were so many obituaries this week, sadly, but two really stuck out for me: Irina Ratushinskaya, who wrote poems in a Soviet prison with a burnt matchstick and a bar of soap, and Frances Gabe, creator of a self-cleaning house.
- Feeling low? The bears are back and summer is saved!
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