Not to make light of the tragedies that have unfolded by understatement, but it’s been a rough week. Sometimes reading, watching, and listening to the news has been frustrating in that I miss the days when there was a filter and we weren’t overwhelmed with unconfirmed information that turns out to be false. It’s the nature of the new raw news age. Many times I found myself reading unrelated articles to pass the time until more solid stories could be read. Here’s some of those time passers that I enjoyed:
- I actually stumbled onto this topic by reading a male blogger’s argument as to why The Women’s Fiction Prize is stupid. His thesis was basically women get enough praise; men are the real suffering minority (I wonder if he is familiar with the VIDA report). In the comments someone posted a link to “My So-Called ‘Post Feminist’ Life in Arts and Letters” by Women’s Prize Nominee Deborah Copaken Kogan. Comments in response to that? She’s just whiny. Slow motion lame. Thus I am featuring only Kogan’s article which is an insightful look at the publishing world, slut-shaming, and why sometimes we still need praise.
- Anna Lea West is judging you and your grammar. It’s awesome. Check it out.
- “15 Things We Always Forget Are Privileges.” Just to keep things in perspective.
- My second favorite bookstore in the world (The Strand is still number 1), Austin’s BookPeople, posted this list of Wonderfully Weird Books for Kids. With their delightful and inspiring children’s section, it’s no surprise that the list is filled with wondrous surprises.
- The weekly recap of the televised train-wreck that is Celebrity Apprentice. Dalton Ross embraces the ludicrous nature of this venture and makes me feel less nuts for enjoying it.