1. Project of the Day—James Kerr’s Scorpion Dagger is an augmented art book that features “GIF remixes of Early and northern Renaissance paintings.” What that means is that it’s a physical book, but if you hold your phone up to specific images, they become animated—often hypnotically so.

  2. Bring water to a boil, add salt, then add macaroni and leave boiling on light fire until half tender; drain water through a colander, add butter and start putting macaroni back into the pot in layers – layer of macaroni, some grated Parmesan and some vegetable sauce, macaroni again and so on until you run out of macaroni. Put the pot on the edge of the stove, cover with a lid and let it rest in light fire until the macaroni are soft and tender. Shake the pot occasionally to prevent them from burning.

    Leo Tolstoy’s family recipe for Macaroni and Cheese

  3. In 1984, I finally got on the ‘New York Times’ bestseller list, after I’d been writing for 30 years. It was never one of my goals because I didn’t care for any of the books on that list. The ones that made that list, I wouldn’t read. The review was written by that guy from Maine, who is at all the Red Sox games. What’s his name? Stephen King. He’s terrific. He wrote something like, “After I read this book, I had to go back and read the last seven or eight books.” That’s when I knew I was doing fine.

    Elmore Leonard on becoming a writer