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This video is hard to watch, but everyone should. It’s one of the best explanations I’ve seen of what happened, and how close to an even more tragic day January 6th almost was.

Washington Post: Inside the U.S. Capitol at the height of the siege

An open Hobonichi Techo for 2021

New year, new Techo.

This sneak peak of Peter Jackson’s new Beatles film makes me so happy. I can’t wait for it to be released.

List of trending stories in Apple News. It’s all recipes and fluff.

I always find this section of Apple News quite depressing, and a succinct explanation of journalism’s current state.

A picture of “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien

And now it’s time for this holiday tradition.

This column from @JonahDispatch is 100% right. EVERYONE is downplaying what Trump is doing. He’s the one trying to steal the election. It’s worse than even his enemies are describing it to be.

Current Mood Album: Grateful Dead, Fillmore West 1969

It’s possible to believe that identity politics are dangerous and divisive to a civil society AND that systemic injustice is real. In fact, it’s really easy.

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Aside from the Word of God, there may not be a nonfiction book I’ve read that has influenced me more than this one. This is the second edition that I have marked up and worn out. It’s not perfect, but it’s incredibly wise.

The infection graph in Texas just goes straight up.

Y’all, we’ve got to take this more seriously. Texans should take care of each other. Mask up, please.

Cover image of Phoebe Bridger’s “Kyoto” I am continually surprised and impressed with Phoebe Bridgers as a lyricist and songwriter. Pure poetry.

Sadly there is a lot of truth in this article from @edstetzer. Using your theology to excuse, or even worse motivate, gossip and slander is wicked. It harms the church, grieves Jesus, and hurts our sisters in Christ. Quote from Ed Stetzer: “what both of these situations show is that the Venn diagram of reformed, complementarian, and misogynist has a pretty significant overlap that some people of character—men and women together—need to address in those movements. That at least involves the OPC and PCA, and from my up-close and personal observations, plenty of spaces in the SBC.”

“This Must Be the Place” by Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell

This is a phenomenal cover.

Right now I’m prepping to teach a virtual class for the @AustinStoneInst Writer Development Program tonight. I’m thankful to have the tools to keep teaching and coaching writers. But it’s a weird new season of ministry we’re all adjusting to.

I updated my Reading Now page on my site with several recently completed books.

For all of us adjusting to a new reality: Let’s be kind. Everyone’s life has been turned upside down. Some saw it coming, some did not. Some people are scared, some are not. But, the ONLY way for us to overcome this mindless enemy is by acting together. So be kind and listen.

Exhibit A in artistic longevity: David Byrne on SNL

There are not many rules stories must follow to be good. But you’d be hard pressed to find a great story without an inciting incident. In this issue of my newsletter, I begin a series on how stories start.

We humans are stubborn creatures. I know that getting up and writing right away without touching my phone is the best thing I can do for my work. And yet, most mornings I pick up that phone right away. You’d think good mornings like today would teach me how foolish that is. 🤷‍♂️

Tame Impala’s “The Slow Rush”

I’m really digging the new Tame Impala album. It’s quite good.