Interesting Reads: 1.10.2014

in which I share links to things that caught my attention

Say No to the Standing O
By Tane S. Danger
From Minnesota Playlist

By giving everything a standing ovation, we diminish the act to near uselessnessAre we standing because we were actually so moved we couldn’t remain sitting, or because we’re hoping to shorten the time until we get out of the theater by a few seconds?

Some excellent points, but I’ll definitely stand at Claire’s spring dance recital!

What It Means to Be a Public Intellectual
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
From The Atlantic

These are Rumsfeld’s “unknown unknowns”—not simply a lack of answers, but an obliviousness to questions. The awareness of this is humbling and euphoricAt that moment one realizes that it isn’t the cool facts which wise you up, but the awareness of a yawning, limitless, impossible ignorance.

As usual, Coates has provided a well-reasoned commentary on contemporary racism.

When Misogynist Trolls Make Journalism Miserable for Women
By Connor Friedersdorf From The Atlantic

Conor Friedersdorf, a man, ponders how many women have been driven out of personal journalism (blogging) due to the preponderance of mysogynistic trolls. While I‘ve haven’t dealt with any trolls, I’ve definitely heard horror stories. The terrible, mysogynistic things that women on the internet have been told is appalling.

The Hidden Ecosystem Of The Walmart Parking Lot
By Adele Peters
From FastCo.Exist

When I was a teen, my family and I would frequently pull the camper into a Wal-Mart parking lot as we were on our way to our ultimate destination. I remember waking up one morning, struck by the general oddity of doing such an almost normal thing.

Interesting Reads: 11.25.2013

in which I share links to things that caught my attention

Sarah Silverman Shouldn’t be Dirty
By Esther Zuckerman 
From The Wire

Zuckerman responds to a critic’s sexist take on Silverman’s comedy. Apparently, so she could enjoy commercial success, she should tame down her act and be more lady like. I think she’s already received considerable commercial success.

Home on the Hearst Range
By Cat Buckley
From Vanity Fair

Gorgeous photos from a new book about the Hearst Ranch surrounding the Hearst castle are accompanied by historical background text.

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!).

Interesting Reads | 3.20.2013

in which I share links to things that caught my attention

A Box of Puppies by Lena Dunham
The New Yorker 

I’m guessing this is a teaser for her forthcoming book. It’s a very good read. Please check it out ASAP!

Don’t be surprised when you see my own personal essay on childhood pets in a couple weeks. I was actually inspired by Sloane Crosley’s essay in How Did You Get This Number. Also, this pretty much confirms what my newest feature will be: Head to Head, a comparison of books with similar themes, concepts or press coverage. (I bet you can’t guess that my other planned Head to Head will be Sandberg vs. Slaughter. I love Slaughter’s name in this context.)

Taylor Swift’s Telltale Heart
Vanity Fair 

Nancy Jo Sales’ interview that I referenced here has been posted online this week. It’s at once a flattering look and a not-so-flattering look at Swift behind the scenes. It made me far less sympathetic to her, and made me question Sales motives. In the article, Sales mentions Swifts’ Grammy appearance, but apparently doesn’t ask her why she makes her relationships (or the end of her relationships) public in such a manner if she doesn’t want to deal with any negative press about how much she dates. It leads me to believe her “feud” with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler is purely promotional.

What Friedan Changed
The New Yorker 

I can’t describe the changes that have taken place since The Feminine Mystique was published 50 years ago any better than Katie Roiphe did.

When my mother was a child, her father told her that ‘Only ugly women become lawyers.’ That was the world she grew up in. And I grew up in a world where my mother removed the Barbie Beauty Palace that my grandfather gave me, and told me the next morning, when I got up and was eager to play with it, that it had been lost.” The audience—a diverse group of about ten men and fifty women, of second- and third-wave vintages—laughed. “And then my daughter, we were watching the Obama–Hillary Presidential election, she was tiny, like five, and she was a big Obama supporter. And I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a woman President?’ And she looked at me disdainfully and said, ‘Mom, of course there’s been a woman President.’ In that short time we went from ‘Only ugly women become lawyers’ to ‘Of course there’s been a woman President’ in a five-year-old girl.”

Harry Stamps Obituary
Sun Herald 

This is a funny and touching obituary written for a man who would have lived in obscurity outside his Mississippi-area home if not for his daughter’s excellent writing.

Have you read anything interesting lately? What do you think of Lena Dunnham’s essay?

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Interesting Reads, Vol 4

in which I share links to things that caught my attention

The Atlantic reveals that China has hipsters, too.

Caroline Fraser edited a new collection of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books and included many historical notes. I want this! (I’ll be starting a review series of Wilder’s Little House books this spring concluding in July when I attend one of the pageant plays.

The male/female pay gap still exists. ::Sad Face::

Social Media Today shared their predictions for social media trends in 2013.

Have you read anything interesting lately?

Interesting Reads | 11.3.2012

in which I share links to things that caught my attention

Campaign Edition

If you’re like me (and most of America), you’ll let out a deep sigh of relief when the election is over.

But it’s not over quite yet, so please enjoy this campaign edition of Interesting Reads.

Rape has been the topic du’jour for Republicans this election. The Atlantic assembled a great history of rape headlines in this election.

How binders full of women is a meme with meaning.

And, last but not least, Republicans are up in arms about Lena Dunham’s provocative pro-Obama ad.


Interesting Reads | 10.12.2012

in which I share links to things that caught my attention

In literary news, the National Book Foundation announced their “5 Under 35” Fiction for 2012 and the National Book Awards for 2012. US e-book trends and stats were analyzed.

The Atlantic reveals The Painful Truth About Affirmative Action.

Surprisingly, David Fincher is using Kickstarter to raise money for a movie project. This must be the Hollywood version of a best-selling author self pubbing their next book.

Interesting Reads | 10.2.2012

in which I share links to things that caught my attention

Despite horrific graphics and poorly edited paragrapts that tend to ramble, Vanity Fair’s What Katie Didn’t Know article written by Maureen Orth is a fascinating and scary peak into Scientology.

Have QR codes reached critical mass when we’re now able to place them on Great Aunt Bea’s headstone? NPR has an article about an interesting new business.

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s falsetto is an act of cultural defiance, says The Atlantic.

Evolutionary psychology explains the history of social inequality.