My computer is going so slowly because one program is using up all the resources: Chrome. Why is Chrome using up all the resources? Because I have 30 tabs open. Insane. And they’ve been open all week, too, the bulk of them. Every day I add one, maybe two, and here I am. Thirty tabs. You know where this is going: link love! They seem heavily slanted toward long form pieces I really want to read:
- Here’s a piece from The New Republic about Herman Melville — you know how much I love Moby Dick, so I’m always eager to read anything about him. This piece is written by Lewis Mumford, and it’s about Melville’s outlook and philosophy. I really want to read this one, badly.
- Just as much as Melville, I love Homer. OH how I love Homer. I have no idea how many times I’ve read The Odyssey, a book that has appeared over and over at critical times of my life, including once when I did not want to keep living. This piece, from Lapham’s Quarterly, focuses on Homer’s exquisite use of the “wine-dark” sea.
- And I really want to read this piece in Guernica, an interview with Terry Tempest Williams, which features this reading line: “The writer-activist on the qualities of silence, bearing witness to trauma, and seeking sustenance in the world’s fragile beauty.”
- Here’s an article in Esquire about Woody Allen, and what he’s learned in life. (Aside from how wrong it is to marry your stepdaughter maybe??) It’s just a list of non sequiturs, kind of, but oddly interesting.
- Another one from The New Republic — Joyce Carol Oates writing about Philip Larkin. What’s not to love there!
- Have any kind of issues with food or eating? Here are a bunch of streaming talks by a wide range of people who think and work on the subject. There are a few focused specifically on women’s health, and I want to be sure to listen to them.
- Think it might be cool to be the daughter of a great poet? Yeah, probably not. Wordsworth and Coleridge’s daughters had an “unusual” time of it.
- Here’s a lovely piece about the three New Yorks, by E. B. White. The third one is mine.
- This is an excellent article in the Texas Observer about sexism in Texas politics. You might need to pour a tumbler of scotch before you start reading. GRRR. But don’t just get mad — pay attention to the women themselves who are braving that battle in the halls of our state congress. They are amazing.
- This has been making the rounds, but in case you missed George Saunders’ recent commencement address, you’ll thank me after you read it. (And you’re welcome.)
- Here are “the 25 best websites for literature lovers.” Some you’ll know, but I’ll bet you find one or two new ones! I did….but great. Just what I need, more stuff to read.
- This was pretty fascinating. The best time of day to do various health-related behaviors. I made a couple of changes — now I take my baby aspirin at night. I never knew!
- Do you read Brainpickings? I do, every day. Wonder how Maria Popova does it? She’s extraordinarily prolific, it’s kind of staggering. Here you go, now you know.
- For those of us who read for a living, here are a couple of good resources: an article about error rates in editing, so we have support when our clients find a stray typo we missed; and a whole big bunch of links to various resources for copyeditors.
- Are y’all as excited as I am about Breaking Bad? OF COURSE YOU ARE. We all are. Did you see this piece about the different ways one might watch Breaking Bad — for character, for plot? I love reading anything I can find about that show. And I can’t stop getting chills and watching this trailer for Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston reads Ozymandias, such a chilling reading:
- And finally, the other great video thing that came out this week. Stephen Colbert making the best of being stood up by Daft Punk. I love every second of it, but that first scene on the dance floor with Bryan Cranston may be my favorite moment of them all. That Colbert is a good dancer!
Wow. That’s a lot of great stuff. Your Saturday is taken care of now! Have a good one y’all. We here in Texas will be h.o.t. Guaranteed.