Recent Readings

Unlike the recent “recent items” I’ve been sharing, this is a collection of links that I’ve been saving up – ether on my phone, in my reading list, or shared stories that didn’t fit in the overall order of everything else. So, in no particular order, a glimpse at some of the things that I’ve taken to checking out.

Tsundoku: The Japanese word for buying books that you don’t read. The systematic investigation into the word itself by the author of this post shows how much thought can go into etymological research.

Artemest: A new website brings old-world Italian craftsmanship right to your door.” Just a happenstance of coming across these furniture pieces. Nothing I’m going to buy, however the work that goes into such crafting is something that should be appreciated, especially in this day and age when everything is likely to break down. “Artemest was born to arouse and celebrate a desire for beauty in our everyday lives.”

I honestly couldn’t tell you when I was first introduced to parkour. This New Yorker article from 2007 chronicles the early ups and downs of the activity. Parkour is a form of free-running with jumping over obstacles in uniquely athletic ways. 

The audiobook market is overall dominated by Audible. Despite the Amazon property’s ubiquity, there’s a question whether DRM is in the best interest for writers.

When I was young, I was accidentally discouraged from drawing. Mostly because I had no talent, but we’ll gloss over all of that. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started really appreciating modern art, in all its uniqueness and (non-traditional) interpretations. Paul Klee was sort of a gift from someone, and I saw these interesting linear representations of concepts and it was delightful. Here are some thoughts on creativity from the artist, curated by Maria Popova of Brain Pickings. 

SXSW takes its festival online for 2021, and it could be just the tip of the iceberg for next year’s event offerings.

Booker Prize short list was announced a little over a week ago. The Booker Prize is a literary award awarded to the “best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.”

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