They're Beloved! No. 17

Things we enjoyed this week and hope you will too! We remember the days when people used to write thoughtful letters, introduce you to another 2016 listicle, spend time with David Mitchell and his bones and time-pieces, and remind you that we actually sell a product and it's good.

I doubt Tommy's parents are on board with this percussion scheme. Not to mention that apparently Tommy is mailing his socks all over the world instead of studying for his spelling tests. So disappointed in you, Tommy.

I doubt Tommy's parents are on board with this percussion scheme. Not to mention that apparently Tommy is mailing his socks all over the world instead of studying for his spelling tests. So disappointed in you, Tommy.

 

Letters of Note: The two-thousand and sixteenth year of our lord has been a bewildering one, but if you can take a moment to look up from your Facebook feed, you may be surprised to learn that Christmas is still happening, and it’s this weekend. Procrastinate your way into the Christmas spirit immediately by enjoying a collection of Christmasy letters compiled by Letters of Note

 
Neil Gaiman (Photograph: Amanda Palmer)

Neil Gaiman (Photograph: Amanda Palmer)

Best Books of 2016, According to a Thoughtful Human: Stand firm, end-of-year lists are coming, and Lodestone will probably not be an exception! We’re excited to point you to one of our favorite bloggers, writers, and compilers — Maria Popova at Brain Pickings — and her in-depth look at what she thinks are some of the best books of 2016. You will find excellent recommendations of novels, history, science writing, and philosophy, so hie thee to a bookstore and cuddle up to one of these for the holidays! 

 
 
 

The Greatest Gift You Can Give: And I should probably insist you cuddle up to a copy of Lodestone Journal as well - the perfect gift for easy-to-please lovers of poetry, short stories, and art. I had a dream this week that your loved ones all wanted a copy, and sometimes my dreams are true (and sometimes their lies, meh), so get shopping and good luck getting it before Christmas! You can find a copy in our shop here.

 

What We're Reading This Week: By “we” I mean “me” and by “me” I mean “Will” and Will is reading The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. I loved Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, and am excited to find that so far, The Bone Clocks is continuing Mitchell’s penchant for developing stories of grand scale: challenging narrative expectations and tropes with his simultaneously disjointed and graceful narrative structures. Also, magical conspiracies. 

 

Facing the Blank Page: Speaking of David Mitchell, enjoy listening to him and seven other writers (including Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen, and Joyce Carol Oates) address the difficult of facing the blank page, in Louisiana Channel’s video below:

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