Favorite 3 of 2023
my favorite 3 pieces created, books read, and songs on repeat this year
3 favorite pieces I created this year
“State of Being” illustrations
Here’s three of them:
3 favorite books read this year
The Timeless Way of Building by Christopher Alexander
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, and Murray Silverstein
These books should be required reading for anyone touching a house or public place. And even if you're not building anything, they’re worth reading because they elucidate what you have always felt but could not describe. For example:
Why do American cities often feel soulless, while old European cities feel charming and lively? Or, what makes a particular home feel just right?
But I think what gives A Pattern Language universal appeal is it speaks to something beyond architecture—a quality Alexander refuses to name but is something like harmonious aliveness.
I wish all professions had such an accessible foundational text that teaches core principles that empower anyone to foster this quality of harmonious aliveness. What would A Pattern Language look like for body wellness, for childcare, for group gatherings, for productivity…?
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
A novel about friendship, collaboration, and creative success and failure. I was rapt from the first chapter and binge listened to it in a weekend.
3 favorite songs on repeat this year
Harry Cutter - Melokind
This slowly building song was my constant travel companion. Perhaps there’s something about its complexity of feeling—melancholic and bright, constrained yet expansive—that keeps me hitting the play button.
Romy - Weightless
I was delighted to discover that the XX's Romy had produced an independent album. The XX albums I remember from a decade back were fantastic but sad, so it was lovely to discover that Romy's album, Mid Air, is overall joyful. It was like hearing from a long-suffering friend years later and discovering that they are now thriving. The whole album is exquisitely produced, and the minimal euphoric “Weightless” is my favorite track.
Carioca Chandra Edgar - Agua-caldera
The celebratory joy in this track is fit for a soul's homecoming.
What were your favorite things you created, books you read, and songs you listened to this year?
Comment below—I’d love to check them out!
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