Friday, January 15, 2016
Bubbly on Your Budget by Marjorie Hillis: This book, published in the late 30s, is clearly dated, but somehow it's even more entertaining as a result, not to mention that much of the advice remains smart and applicable. Hillis also wrote Live Alone and Like It, which I commend to all ladies who either live alone and like it, or live alone and WISH they liked it.
Speaking of women alone, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I stumbled across this essay, St. Teresa and the Single Ladies, but in the end I enjoyed it greatly. “...it’s hard to get people to understand why a woman would ever choose to live a life alone.”
I’m late to the game on this excellent essay from Eula Biss, White Debt, but no matter -- it’s timely, and will no doubt be relevant for years to come. Such debts cannot be paid off quickly.
Many of you know my fondness for small spaces, and the one and only “lifestyle blogger” I enjoy, Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves, has a delightful piece over at Cup of Jo, about living in a small space with a baby. Erin’s book was released this week, and I’m itching to get my hands on a copy.
These works of Micro-Fiction Based on the Madewell Spring Lookbook made my day.
Interview Magazine talked with James Norton about War and Peace. I love Norton, Russian novels, and period dramas, so needless to say I am pretty pumped about watching this adaptation when it begins airing next week.
Jia Tolentino on why it’s cool to read diverse books, but maybe you should shut up about it and just do it, because...obviously. Remember: It’s not diversity, it’s reality. It shouldn’t be extra special to read non cis white dudes, it should just be WHAT YOU DO.
Gene Luen Yang has been named Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress. I’m so excited about this. American Born Chinese was the book that solidified my budding interest in graphic novels/comics a couple of years ago. I heard Gene Luen Yang speak at the Festival of Faith and Writing in 2014, and he said he prefers to refer to his books as comics, and that “graphic novel” is just marketing lingo used to make the work sound more high brow so it's taken seriously. Just another reason I love this author.
This is the second week in a row I’ve directed you to the Book Riot podcast, but so be it. This week’s episode includes, among other things, a great story about someone calling the POLICE on kids for reading a banned books. The kids may be all right, but I am a little worried about their parents.
David Bowie. May he rest in peace.
I have a new column out in Leader magazine, on contentious women in the Old Testament (pictured above). I struggled with this one, and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. However, it’s not online, so you’ll have to track down a print copy if you want to read it. Long live print!
And finally, there’s a new column up for subscribers to my Patreon page, on week two of The Bachelor. So far this has been great not-too-serious (but also a little bit serious sometimes) fun. I'd love to have you join us.