Interesting Reads | 5.31.2013

in which I share links to things that caught my attention

Erotic Republic
By Afshin Shahi
From Foreign Policy

A surprising sexual revolution is underway in Iran. Afshin Shahi shines a small spotlight on the revolution with some interesting data.

Chasing fireflies in rural twilight
By Andrea Badgley
From Butterfly Mind

I hope you enjoy Badgley’s well-timed childhood reverie on her excellent creative nonfiction blog.

Company Man
By David Sedaris
From The New Yorker

Another Interesting Reads feature and another David Sedaris piece. Maybe it’s because he’s now middle aged, but this is a far tamer piece that what made him famous. All the more, I was still entertained while reading it.

Have you read anything interesting lately?

Interesting Reads | 4.26.2013

I know it’s cliched, but can you believe it’s the end of April? Like, really, the end of April! In Minnesota the snow is just now melting. It’s really been a crazy month with Claire’s birthday, our quick move that started a week ago on Wednesday, and about three snowstorms that dumped up to two feet of snow on us. Listen, I’m ready to be outside! And to blog again.

While I haven’t had time to blog, I have had time to read a few interesting articles. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

A Cat-Hater’s Handbook: Irreverent Vintage Gem Illustrated by Tomi Ungerer by Maria Popova
Brain  Pickings

I am not a cat lover by any means, so the topic of this post is appealing to me. But, beyond that, it’s a really funny look into the cat-hating thoughst of Mark Twain, Shel Silverstein, Ogden Nash and more.

Say it Out Loud: How David Sedaris Makes his Writing Better by Kristin Hohenadel
Fast Co. Create

I love insights into how writers write. This is a great look into how David Sedaris writes and edits for maximum laughs. The best part is that it’s not the typical read-out-loud advice!

My So-Called ‘Post-Feminist’ Life in Arts and Letters by Deborah Copaken Kogan
The Nation

There’s no way around it; if you’re a book-loving woman, this will piss you off.

Have you read anything interesting lately?

For those who’ve feared that I would never return, I promise you that I’ll be back on Monday with my planned reading post, Wednesday with a book chat post and Friday with what I’ve watched (hint: it’s not much!).