Friday, January 8, 2016
My first book of the year was My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, and I’ve officially contracted Ferrante Fever. The moment I finished in I ordered volumes 2, 3, and 4 of the series.
Speaking of Ferrante, who one critic described as what you’d get if “if Jane Austen got angry,” here she is writing about none other than Jane Austen.
If you haven’t read Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Lolita to Me (and the essay that preceded it), you need to get right: “You read enough books in which people like you are disposable, or are dirt, or are silent, absent, or worthless, and it makes an impact on you. Because art makes the world, because it matters, because it makes us. Or breaks us.”
Mensah Demary on The End of December is the only new year’s themed essay I need.
In 2015 I bought my first real red lipstick, so I particularly enjoyed An (Abridged) History of Red Lipstick on The Toast.
Check out the Book Riot year in review podcast.
I enjoyed This American Life Episode #574: Sinatra’s 100th Birthday, mostly because it includes Gay Talese reading aloud “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” one of my favorite essays.
Here’s Hanson playing some songs from Anthem on a rooftop.
Did you miss my essay on Lunch Ticket? Tisk, tisk. Read it here.
I published my first column on The Bachelor via Patreon on Tuesday. You can subscribe here.