I picked up an iPad Mini. I plan for it to be a thoughtful consumption device. NetNewsWire, Matter, and Libby installed, among other things. Any recommendations?

I adored Hasan Minhaj’s Homecoming King. That makes this story especially disappointing. Sure, make up stories. But when you include real people, identifiably, and keep “emotional truthing” the lies you told about them?! Come on.

Japanese nail houses: lonelyrobottheme.substack.com/p/japanes…

Interesting in light of the saying “the nail that sticks out gets hammered down”: https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/the_nail_that_sticks_out_gets_hammered_down

Just passed The Many Masks of Andy Zhou by Jack Cheng to my seventh grader. If you have a middle schooler in your life, I highly recommend picking up this lovely, real, and introspective book up for them. And for you.

Finished reading: Recursion: A Novel by Blake Crouch 📚

Pretty, pretty, pretty good!

I ran into thehtml.review for the first time and plan to peruse it soon. Interesting!

I like to print articles from time to time in order to read them on paper. I wish macOS’s booklet printing option rearranged the pages for you. This article references my options. It appears the Booklet app is no longer available. Don’t think I can stomach $19.99 for Create Booklet 2.

Let’s see what everyone is going on about.

And what is love in the end? Except the irrational desire to put evolutionary competitiveness aside in order to ease someone else's journey through life?

Alabaster, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

Was about to order a book last night, but then I searched my email and found I had ordered it a year ago. I wonder where I put that thing…

I’ve been reading the short stories that Robin Sloan has available on the Internet. Two that particularly caught my mind were In the Stacks with its musical toy intro and The Writer and the Witch with its Neil Gaiman vibes. Give ‘em a read! 📚

Finished reading: The Night In Question: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) by Tobias Wolff 📚

A master.

Knowing how bad some picture books are, I think something like this could take off: AI storybook generator. Cheap okay stories are better and more convenient than expensive, bad stories. These are the types of writing jobs that AI will eat.

Finished reading: Sourdough by Robin Sloan. Didn’t enjoy this as much as Mr. Penumbra’s. I kind of got lost in the last quarter of it. 📚

Finished reading Project Hail Mary: A Novel yesterday. The first half was a bit slow for me to work through, but I sped through the second half. 📚

Read No Time Like the Future by Michael J. Fox 📚

Two MJF bios in one year seems like a bit much. I didn’t find this one quite as engaging as Lucky Man, but a worthwhile listen from my library.

So I have this idea. What if there were a service that combined your consumed things into one feed. It’d ingest RSS from, say, Letterboxd, Album Whale, and Goodreads. It would display this unified feed simply, and maybe allow some tagging. Perhaps it should be built…

Also read Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert A. Heinlein 📚

Read Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan 📚

The right book, exactly. At exactly the right time.

I really quite enjoyed this book, but the Google / Silicon Valley love has not aged well, unfortunately. It was easy for me to dip into the book’s world, though.

Read: Beautiful Country: A Memoir of An Undocumented Childhood by Qian Julie Wang 📚

This was really an interesting page-turner for me.

Finished reading: Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman 📚

Yeah, that was good. Though I never really internalize books like this. Gonna process my Kindle highlights, though, and hope for the best.

Finished reading: LaserWriter II: A Novel by Tamara Shopsin 📚

It was fine. It was quick.

Heaven’s River by Dennis E. Taylor 📚

Loved the Bobiverse series at the outset, and was still mostly entertained through to #3. I could hardly follow this one. And it was full of filler.

I’ve learned to set books down when I’m not enjoying them. Why didn’t I do that this time?

Finished reading: The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth Book 3) by N. K. Jemisin 📚

Now I’m reading explanations of the book. I kind of rushed through the audio (before it returned to my library), and following the narrator around via audio was a bit challenging.

The Greatest Salesman in the World is not a book about sales, but about habit formation. I believe strongly in the power of habit, but I’m hesitant to read this the way it was meant (1 chapter at a time, 3 times a day, for 30 days). Has anyone out there actually done this?