“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”
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“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”

This Week

Is anyone else discovering that their tolerance for activity has lowered greatly over the past year or so? I feel like I begin every newsletter with an acknowledgment that I’m super busy and therefore super tired. I don’t know how to do activity anymore. But I’m pretty good at sitting around home, so I’ve got that going for me.

I’m actually very excited about winter this year. Usually I have to drag myself into it, grudging all the way, but the pandemic seems to have liberated me to more fully enjoy withdrawing.

Anyway, the primary takeaway here is that last weekend I went to Wisconsin, visited House on the Rock, and went to the old-timey photo place to be a vampire.

Happy Halloween. Enjoy withdrawing, as much or as little like a vampire as you desire.


The cultural context of the bad American acting in Squid Game.

Mulholland Drive at 20 years.

How bad tattoos can help you grow.

The man who loved stealing typewriters.


  • Stephen King’s latest, Billy Summers, is a crime story with a heart of gold and it made me cry. Granted, almost everything makes me cry, but my initial point stands. It’s good.
  • I don’t know if you’ve heard of this little television program called Squid Game, but it’s pretty all right.
  • I recently began watching Only Murders in the Building and it is wonderful.
  • I’m otherwise behind on so many movies, shows and books. Here’s to a quiet season of catching up.

A hedgehog gets comfortable in a nest of fallen autumn leaves

Get cozy.


This week’s quote is from Oscar Wilde.