Things I like

Hilary Mantel: By the Book – “I’m a self-help queen, dedicated to continuous improvement. I read books about problems I don’t have, just in case I develop obsessive-compulsive disorder or crippling phobias. Of course there’s nothing I recommend. If I ever found anything useful, I’d keep it to myself, to steal a mean advantage.”

Bill Murray on Gilda Radner — “It was just one of the best parties I’ve ever been to in my life. I’ll always remember it. It was the last time I saw her.”

Follow Your Strengths, Manage Your Weaknesses, and Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys By David Biespiel — “Hear me out: If you do this consistently, if you focus on your strengths and manage your weaknesses—not ignore them or neglect them, but manage them with precision, what do you achieve? Well, that’s what we call style.”

Chris Wahl capturing the angry howl of being born.

This excerpt from We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo — “In the bedroom everything is smashed as well but we still get on the bed and jump on it, except Sbho, who stands in front of a broken mirror and paints her lips red, then sprays herself with this blue bottle of perfume.”

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