I am so excited for the weekend because my to-be read pile is growing, and since I’ve checked all of these titles out from various libraries and I’m fastidious about turning them back in on time (no renewals allowed on any of the titles I’ve checked out!), I have a lot of pages to read.
First up: Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson. I’ve never read anything by this greatly esteemed author, but I’ve heard from lots of people that she’s a favorite author of theirs, and this book fits the bill for one of my reading challenge categories: published in the year I was born.
Second: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. I’ve never read a comic book from cover to cover, so I’m excited to branch out and read this, especially since it was recommended on my favorite podcast, Pop Culture Happy Hour.
Third: The Wang’s vs. The World. I’m a huge fan of Chinese immigrant and Chinese-American stories (side note: did you know Kevin Kwan’s next book, Rich People Problems, is coming out this May?!? I’m so excited!!) and this is a comedic take on a rich Chinese-American family’s downfall during the recession.
Fourth: Exit West. This new novel is getting rave reviews and I’m very interested in the timely subject matter in light of Trump’s latest travel ban. The NYT calls it “a dystopian parable about the current refugee crisis.” Anyone else want to read it for a virtual book club?
A roundup of good things I read online this week:
A letter to America from Leslie Knope, regarding Donald Trump
I acknowledge that Donald Trump is the president. I understand, intellectually, that he won the election. But I do not accept that our country has descended into the hatred-swirled slop pile that he lives in. I reject out of hand the notion that we have thrown up our hands and succumbed to racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and crypto-fascism. I do not accept that. I reject that. I fight that. Today, and tomorrow, and every day until the next election, I reject and fight that story.
The Smug Style in American Liberalism
Knowing is the shibboleth into the smug style’s culture, a cultural that celebrates hip commitments and valorizes hip taste, that loves nothing more than hate-reading anyone who doesn’t get them. A culture that has come to replace politics itself.
Children’s Books That Champion Kindess
Since I can’t convince anyone local to join a book club with me, what about an articles club?
Alice Walker’s brilliant 1989 essay, What Can the White Man Say to the Black Woman?, is republished in The Nation’s 150th anniversary issue.
These images of new motherhood made me laugh and cringe at the same time. One of my favorites:Thanks to my free trial of HBO Now, I’ve started watching Veep. It’s hilarious. Watch it. Read about it here.
Help get this amazing LEGO set made by voting for it here.
Something I’ve never contemplated, but it’s certainly an interesting topic: what to do with dead bodies in space.
Posted on many working mothers’ Facebook pages, this article made me feel a little better about how much time I spend away from my kids.
Were you mad as hell at the ending of Lost? Read this.
A refreshing op-ed about medical missions.
I love this story about a cross-cultural friendship so, so much. It’s hilarious and awesome, and all because of a stolen iPhone.
Can dying languages be saved?
I just started watching Orphan Black and am astounded by Tatiana Maslany’s performance(s). You might be tempted to watch it too after reading this.
Glad it’s Friday? Me, too. It means one of my best friends is arriving from California to meet Junior and my husband is home more so he can help feed the baby his bottles. Happy Friday and happy reading.
Love the Amazing Race? Go behind the scenes.
A love letter from a son to his father, describing the most beautiful way to die.
I love this list of non-toy gift ideas. I’ve never thought of giving memberships to the zoo or a museum – what a great gift to give or receive!
This story about a woman who deserved a spot on Mercury 7 but was denied her rightful place because of her gender makes me both mad and glad to live in a slightly more female friendly world.
Ever wonder who keeps alarming and explicit images off of your social media feed? Meet them.
The most hilarious tumblr ever – stock photos with sarcastic captions.
How decisions are made and the happiness quotient, a fascinating read that certainly provides insight into my marriage!
Breast is best…some of the time.
For One Baby, Life Begins with Genome Revealed – a fascinating article about DNA. After having a CVS during my 13th week of pregnancy and being offered additional testing to reveal possible abnormalities that wouldn’t surface until adulthood, I feel very conflicted about this topic!
Two excellent blog posts about organized religion and reasons to stay, maybe: In Light and Square Peg/Round Hole
Have you ever considered taking a sleeper train instead of flying to your destination? I wasn’t sure I would survive the small spaces until I read this.
David Sedaris buys a FitBit and hilarity ensues.