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Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- I wrote about how I’m not interested in becoming a machine.
- After reading Lauren Tamaki’s essay, “Sketching The Bill Cosby Trial,” I collected images made by the other 3 courtroom artists. (Some related reading: Five Decades of Courtroom Artists Capturing What Cameras Can’t and Betty Wells: Legendary News Illustrator.)
- If you want to feel better about how much you whine about how hard writing is, just know that you’re in good company: see the diaries of Franz Kafka and John Steinbeck.
- I’m enjoying the collection of Bill Knott’s poetry, I Am Flying Into Myself, especially his short poems. I’m always delighted to find a new writer who drew—you can see his visual art and a ton of his poems in his online archives. (Michael Robbins sent me this funny story about the time James Wright cheered him up with a fresh bag of bananas.)
- If you turn to the “first lines” index of many poetry collections, you can find bonus poems.
- The hidden treasures in Italian libraries. Sadly, I missed the Biblioteca Ambrosiana when I was in Milan earlier this year, but I did stumble into the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense while wandering around the Brera neighborhood.
- A profile of one of my favorite New Yorker artists, Tom Bachtell.
- I don’t even know much about theater, but I cracked up during Oh, Hello on Broadway, now streaming on Netflix. If you head over to their YouTube page, you can see all the “Too Much Tuna” interviews with various celebrities.
- Ear/eye candy: MoMA shares footage of New York in 1911 and these kids rocking in Park Slope reminded me of the greatness of “Fell In Love With A Girl.” (A good Youtube search: “Michel Gondry music videos.”)
- “Gonna be a long hot summer, baby, keeping cool will be the thing.” From the archives: a little advice for anybody recently graduated, broke, or in-between gigs.
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PS. Thanks to @by.sofiavidal for this pic of Show and Steal — if you know of someone in need of summer reading...