Phew. This blog post marks the end of my first ever full week of blogging - 5 posts in 5 days. And to nobody's surprise more than my own, I actually didn't find it a hard thing to keep up with. In fact it was a lot of fun. I have at least another month's worth of posts planned so hopefully I can keep up the momentum. I like devoting a little bit of time every day to creating something to share with out people. It's a nice break from the occasionally claustrophobic life of an academic. So. One week down, and many more to follow.
To round off the week I thought I'd take some time to look back on what hasn't made it onto this blog, specifically what I've been reading and listening to and thinking about all week long.
Reading, Listening, Thinking
Even though I read every night before bed, sometimes this doesn't add up to much and this week was one of those instances. I only read one book and it wasn't very many pages. It was my book club read for the month so i won't be writing about it until after our meeting next week.
- Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
I listen to a lot of podcast, pretty much every time I leave the house I have one keyed up. This week I really loved hearing Mary Karr talk about writing memoir. I also enjoyed the New Yorker podcast about Joan Didion as I think she's a writer not many people I know have read even though she was such a big name in the literary world back in the day. The Partially Examined Life episodes are obviously not everyone's cup of tea but I love a good philosophical/theological discussion.
- Fresh Air- Terry Gross interviews Mary Karr
- New Yorker Out Loud podcast - Joan Didion, writer and icon
- The Partially Examined Life - Augustine on Being Good Parts One & Two, Augustine on Mind and Metaphysics Parts One & Two
Around the Interwebs:
I read a lot of random things during my wanderings around the Internet. This week I've been getting sucked into the US election madness, which I've been trying to avoid. But somehow I've ended up on Politico every day. The drama of US politics can be so addictive. Non-political reading (or less overtly so) has included an interview with Lauren Groff whose new book Fates and Furies I can't wait to read, and it's been longlisted for the National Book Award. This preview of the Lenny newsletter from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner is making me quite excited for the real thing. I'm all about the women stuff you know. The Atlantic and The Toast articles are also really great reads. And finally, reading 18 published writers' different daily routines was perfect for me this week as I'm trying to revamp my routine for increased productivity and creativity. There's no right way, folks! Always a good reminder.
- The Millions interview with Lauren Groff
- Lenny - Why You Should #AskYourMother About Life Before Roe v. Wade
- The Atlantic - The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarcerations by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Toast - Why We Need to Build More Diverse Worlds in Fiction
- Victora Schwab curated a collection of 18 writers' daily routines - 18 Authors Share a Day in the Life
I'll leave you with this week's quote (which will be highlighted in the sidebar). Good ole Willy Shakes on madness, love, and imagination.
Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact
(A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5.1 4-8)