1. Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
    Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.

    —William Faulkner, who would have turned 117 today.

  2. 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.

  3. 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