Austin Kleon’s 33 thoughts on reading
I could sit and watch you all day – sometimes I do
Lovely letter from a father to his son. Wish I’d written it.
Stuart Heritage: I could sit and watch you all day – sometimes I do
Education of a Jailhouse Lawyer
Truly inspiring read from The New Yorker.
Manifesto of the idle parent
From a 2008 article by Tom Hodgkinson, author of How To Be Free, How To Be Idle, and The Idle Parent:
We reject the idea that parenting requires hard work
We pledge to leave our children alone
That should mean that they leave us alone, too
We reject the rampant consumerism that invades children from the moment they are born
We read them poetry and fantastic stories without morals
We drink alcohol without guilt
We reject the inner Puritan
We fill the house with music and laughter
We don’t waste money on family days out and holidays
We lie in bed for as long as possible
We try not to interfere
We push them into the garden and shut the door so that we can clean the house
We both work as little as possible, particularly when the kids are small
Time is more important than money
Happy mess is better than miserable tidiness
Down with school
We fill the house with music and merriment
Thai food every day
via The New Yorker
Instax mini 90
In the absence of Polaroids I think I’ll settle for the Fujifilm Instax mini 90.
Let’s reinvent the bookshop
Several design teams were asked to reinvent the bookshop:
Their analysis was stark: “Design on its own will not save the bookshop.” But Roberts was undaunted. “If you leave the model as it is and redecorate, nothing’s going to change. The solution needs to be much more fundamental: informed, strategic and daring.” The bookshop, as Gensler saw it, had to anticipate every sort of literary need, from grabbing a paperback or download, to relaxed browsing, personally tailored reading-lists, self-publishing, book clubs, author events and even an enhanced experience of reading a book in the bookish equivalent of a flotation tank.
Roberts and Tollit also produce diagrams showing the concept as “a kit of parts” to “plug in and play” according to location and audience. At a railway station, tl;dr might be just a download-and-vending wall. In a hipster neighbourhood such as Hoxton or Williamsburg, it might feel more like a club. “It can grow, shrink and respond to the way people are shopping the store or it could pop up elsewhere.” Putting a tl;dr vending machine at the end of Brighton Pier, for example, where it would sell “Brighton Rock”, and promote the nearest fully equipped store. (emphasis mine)
Let’s reinvent the bookshop via Intelligent Life
Graft, craft and being daft
Graft, craft and being daft. An inspiring, infectious talk by Gavin Strange.
The Living Room
Listened to this last night and still thinking about it this morning. A beautiful, heartbreaking story.
Producer Briana Breen and the podcast Love + Radio bring us a story about a very eventful year in the life of an accidental voyeur.