Weekend Reading


Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite links from the past week:

1. First, an interview with my undergrad thesis adviser, Frank Bidart, who was a National Book Award Finalist in poetry. Bidart’s known for his dramatic, long poems, told in multiple voices. I like his responses to the final few questions about creating character and voice in poetry.

2. Sarah Rees Brennan and Malinda Lo wrote a pair of terrific essays on sexism and self-promotion. Rees Brennan’s essay is first, and she unpacks the problem of being a female author who as an author is supposed to promote her work and as a woman is supposed to keep quiet. Lo follows up with a personal essay on how she promotes her work in a way that feels comfortable and why.

3. Next up, more feminism! Anne Ursu published back to back insightful blog posts. First, she wrote about how “Guys Read” panels can have unintended negative effects by reinforcing stereotypes that boys don’t read, that boys only read “boy” books, and that girls and their reading habits don’t matter. Then she unpacked the sexism of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s dismissive comment

“that he found it ‘fascinating’ that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from ‘white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.'”

Washington Post

4. Completely changing gears, io9 explains why Americans refrigerate eggs while Europeans don’t. I’ve wondered about this since I moved! It took me forever to find eggs the first time I went grocery shopping because I didn’t believe that they could be sitting stacked on a shelf like dry goods.

5. And here are a couple of silly and fun videos to kick off the weekend.

Sesame Street does The Hunger Games, or “The Hungry Games — Catching Fur”:

A box of corgi puppies:

Happy Friday!

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