Alan Jacobs


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I just love type in cases.

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The Guardian: “As people get older, they revise the age they consider to be old upwards.” This is good for me to know, since before too long I will officially be middle-aged.

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Currently reading: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. I wrote a post about returning to this great book. 📚

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Me: I just spilled hot coffee all over my chest!

My son: Oh no! Is the coffee okay??

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I wrote an extremely spoilery post about Gene Wolfe’s strange novel Peace.

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The OED has just added 23 Japanese words, mainly involving food and entertainment.

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High is Adam Roberts in his thriller mode. Think: Mission: Impossible on Mars. Brilliant. So much fun. 📚

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Oleander is enthusiastic.

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I wrote a post on how anarchic childhoods can make more politically mature adults.

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Waxahatchee’s new album is great.

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Audrey Hepburn taking guitar lessons — so she can play as she sings “Moon River.”

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Someone asked me today about my micro.blog avatar, which is one of Paul Klee’s hand puppets, the one called The Philistine.

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More stuff of mine related to that essay on “rewilding the internet”: I’ve written about mechanization and monoculture, about living in a plural world, and about monism and pluralism.

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Me on rewilding the internet plus having a home on the open web — and note that micro.blog is part of that home.

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Daniel Parris: “A New York Times analysis of Spotify data revealed that our most-played songs often stem from our teenage years, particularly between the ages of 13 and 16…. Indeed, YouGov survey data indicates a strong bias toward music from our teenage years, a phenomenon that is consistent across generations.” Curiously, I listen to almost nothing that I listened to in my teenage years, the one exception being Bob Dylan’s music, which was a part but not a big part of my adolescent listening. (Dylan became really central for me when I was in college, though.)

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The story of the Doves Type

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Nadine Chahine: “A typeface is a series of conversations happening simultaneously between different characters. For example, in the Latin script, the lowercase b talks to the d, talks to the p, talks to the q, and they respond. So there is this ongoing conversation between the b, d, p, and q, and then there is this other conversation happening between the m, n, and h. And then all the diagonals, like the v, the w, the x, and the y, are talking to one another as well. At some point, you realize that these conversations are all happening in the same space, and the groups start talking to one another as well. The role of the type designer is to facilitate these conversations.

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Trying to get a pic of one of our roses, I am confronted by a photobomber

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Start your weekend on a good note: listen to Sweet Honey in the Rock sing “Run Molly Run”

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Butterflies and bees 🐝

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From Adam Gopnik’s New Yorker essay on Maigret

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People sometimes respond to my essay on anarchism by calling me a libertarian. But — to give a very brief account of an important issue — I think libertarianism and anarchism are quite different. The goal of libertarianism is to increase individual liberty, while the goal of anarchism is to expand the realm of cooperation and collaboration.