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…mostly to distract myself from the shit-fuckfest of November 8th.

I’ve decided to name the books here, partly to keep track of what I’ve read, but also to share books with people that may be interested in checking them out.

I recently finished two books (both on loan from my friend Sarah): Lenore Skenazy’s Free-Range Kids, and Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird.

Lenore Skenazy's "Free-Range Kids" and Anne Lamott's "Bird By Bird."

The former is a parenting book about letting your kids be free to, you know, be kids. I had never read a parenting book before and, honestly, I only read this one because I knew it lined up with what I was already doing.

The book outlines a lot of common sense stuff—allow your kids to play by themselves; don’t hover over them all the time; encourage them to problem solve on their own, etc.—but it was still good to read a fellow parent validating what we’re doing.

The latter is a book about writing. Like Free-Range Kids, Bird By Bird is filled with a lot of common sense tips—write every day; write about what you know; create a schedule and stick to it, etc.—but again, sometimes it’s good to read things you already know and have your creative way of working validated.

I don’t know how helpful the book will be—it won’t help me with writer’s block, for example, as I’m fortunate enough not to suffer from it—but it’s a good solid read if anyone out there is looking to learn more about the creative writing process.

I’m currently reading the autobiography(ish) Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson and Ben Greenman (as on loan from the Library of Milan).

"Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove" by Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and Ben Greenman.

I just started it yesterday, but I’m devouring it quickly. If you have any interest in ?uestlove, music, or growing up as a creative weirdo, check it out.

So, uh, yeah. Those are the books I’m reading. That is all.

Steinbeck’s The Pearl is next,


…by Anne Lamott, and came across this paragraph:

"Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott.

So relatable.

It’s not about the story… it’s how you tell it,


…for these two magnets…

Magnets! From Bill and Sarah!

…and this book and sketchbook!

Sketchbook and book! From Bill and Sarah!

The sketchpad speaks the truth,


Old Poop!