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Podcasted: Tyler Cowen’s Conversation with Adam Tooze


The entire conversation will expand your mind, but I wanted to capture Adam’s suggestions for being a productive writer:

COWEN: You’ve written an enormous amount. Just this last week you had a major piece come out in the Guardian, one in London Review of Books. Your books are very long. What is your most unusual writing habit?

TOOZE: I’m not sure it’s unusual, but I think it’s the writing habit that many people have who do write a lot. I write every day, basically. I haven’t always found writing easy at all. I’ve been to a lot of therapy of various types to stabilize myself emotionally and psychologically. I still do. It’s very important for me in handling the stresses that arise in writing.

And one of the things I realized in the course of that is that, actually, rather than thinking it was something terrifying that I had to steel myself to do, the best way to think about it was as something I do every day, so it’s like exercise. If I have the chance, I like to exercise. It’s a puzzling activity. I just treat it almost as a game, rearranging the words, trying to fix things.

I’ll say to all of my grad students, you can do that for 10 minutes every single day, regardless of what else is going on in your life. You can always find that 10-minute slot. So that is the thing that I make sure I do. And that means even big projects slowly move along because then, when you get the big slice of time, the three or four hours at the weekend or something, it’s actually top of stack. You know where to go because you’ve been puzzling away at it and chewing on it every day, even if it’s only for 10 minutes.

COWEN: I give the exact same answer, by the way.

Not ground breaking advice by any means. But it applies well, specifically to editing.

10 minutes of edits a day and eventually you’ll have a finished piece.

Also, Adam’s suggestion for the best way to travel through Germany:

I would say travel. Get on the train. Unless you’re a car nut, and you want to experience the freedom of driving a Porsche at 200 miles an hour, which you can do if you do it at 2:00 am. The roads are clean enough, and they’re smooth enough.

But other than that, ride the train. Sit in an ICE going at, absolutely no kidding, 200 miles an hour, powered by solar power, and watch your coffee not even vibrate. It’s absolutely stunning. They have to put speedometers into the trains to make people aware of how fast they’re going.

Enjoyable. Watch in its entirety here:

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Cartoonist Lynda Barry keeps us going


I remember picking four comics that I was going to read for the rest of my life. And one of those was Family Circus.

Lynda Barry

Let Lynda Barry’s encouraging words on drawing and Canada and Family Circus, help you through today.

Then go make some marks. Doodle. Sketch. Write a few bad sentences. Edit. Draw some more. Read.

Keep going.


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Drawing Exercises with Peter Han


These exercises are perfect if you’re not sure how to improve your drawing skills.

Peter also provides a practical regimen to follow.

Remember – make mistakes and rack up the mileage.

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Sketchbook Peek with Master Cartoonist Noah Van Sciver


Who doesn’t love a glimpse into an artist’s sketchbook?

It’s like reading a diary.

It’s like reading a journal.

It’s like reading a MIND.

Noah Van Sciver was open enough to let Frank Santoro and us take a peek.

Have a watch:

And the full interview:

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World Cup Haikus: Prince Kylian

Prince Kylian

Match Day 22

That no look, dragback, backheel, roll, flick, thing…

 

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Link Ups – January 2018

Steven Goff spots Cruyff Courts in Chicago.

Underrated football poet Musa Okwonga portrays Dani Alves as both human and super human in the same video.

Tim Vickery on the Gremio playboy who proclaims he’s “better than Ronaldo”.

 

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Link Ups – November 2017

    1. A Profile of La Viola’s New Hero.
    2. Street football is alive. Box to Box Football has the pics.
    3. Monaco supporters do exist! Copa 90 documentary reveals all.