Newsletter: ‘Beauty is often odd’

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Hiromu Kira, The Thinker (1930) @ The Hollywood Reservoir Dam

Hi Friends, below are some interesting links I stumbled upon this week. 

Summary: Stephen King lists out his top 10 favorite books. Leonardo da Vinci obsessed over water. ‘Zuckerman' educated the Senate this week on the internet. Ellen Weinstein writes about famous artists and their odd rituals. And the ‘dog photographer' William Wegman talks about his Weimaraners in human clothesCheck out all the goodies after the jump. 

Interesting Digs

Stephen King lists his top 10 favorite books. Goodreads asked Stephen King to list out his top 10 favorite books of all time. The voracious reader and prolific writer never felt satisfied with his answers but he played along anyway. “Of course, any list like this is slightly ridiculous. On another day, ten different titles might come to mind.”

Leonardo’s Watery Chaos. Leonardo da Vinci obsessed with water more than any of his multidisciplinary interests: architecture, science, painting, and sculpture. The currents represented that perfect chaos that separated air from water.

Maria Popova: I loathe the term “content”.  “I am drawn to ideas that remain resonant across time and space, across cultures and civilizations.” If you read her blog, you know that she excels in digging up little-known gems from primary sources and combining them in an interesting way.

Thought of the week

“I’m just reminding you that excellence is often irrational. Greatness is often strange. Beauty is often odd.”

— Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life (Amazon) by Eric Greitens

Other Recommendations


51laqwVnjeLCreatives obsess with how other successful creators do their work. Witness the 2013 bestseller [easyazon_link identifier=”0307273601″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Daily Rituals[/easyazon_link] by Mason Currey. But instead of focusing on the productive habits of successful artists, author Ellen Weinstein highlights their oddities.

READ: [easyazon_link identifier=”1452162182″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People[/easyazon_link]

Video I

51Srn9qAWFLWilliam Wegman is a photographer famous for his portraits of dogs. For the last 45 years, Wegman has been dressing up his Weimaraners in human clothes and making them do everyday poses.

WATCH: Being Human with the Dog Photographer

Video II

Watch Zuckerberg’s testify live before the Senate right here

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to Capitol Hill to testify before the US Senate. I collected some of the highlights from both days here.

WATCH: Watch Mark Zuckerberg testify live before the Senate right here


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