three good reads
strike news, a book club, a beautiful letter
An insightful, capacious letter of advice to a father and guitarist in his 50s
But [extended talks] don’t mean an actors’ strike won’t happen. If negotiations still break down by the end of the day on July 12, then we could be in for another work stoppage on top of the WGA strike that’s been in play since May 2. Recall: SAG-AFTRA’s voting membership authorized a strike with nearly 98 percent backing it (i.e. nearly 65,000 members). That’s a powerful card to have on the table.
And for more context, if you haven’t yet, read this report on the state of the industry.
I often think the quality of a writer can be measured by the intensity of their minor characters. George Eliot, we have seen, complicates Forster’s theory; she doesn’t really write flat characters.