My family is just back from a week in Colorado for a family reunion, which explains both the mountain pics and my quiet on the internets this week. (If you ever find yourself in need of a media break, I highly recommend camping out at 7000 feet for a week. Breaking your space bar and landing your laptop in the shop before you leave isn’t essential, but doesn’t hurt.)
My favorite finds from around the web:
• Jane Austen’s most widely mocked character is also her most subversive. “The willful disregard Mrs. Bennet shows to the sensibility and decorum most of her compatriots value so highly is not her weakness but in fact her greatest strength.” (This perspective reminds of a Jane Austen memoir I loved,William Deresiewicz’s A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter.)
• The birthday bookstore road trip begins! Donna is an MMD reader whose birthday road trip filled me with book lust: she set out to buy 50 books at independent bookstores all along the West Coast to celebrate her fiftieth birthday. (She told us all about it on Episode 83 of What Should I Read Next.)
• The faces behind Craigslist’s “Strictly Platonic” personal ads. “We already know everyone’s looking for love. I’m more concerned with our social requirements beyond romance.” Heads up: not all of these listings are safe for work (or my grandma).
• Stovetop americanos. For our anniversary, I got Will this little coffee gadget and then relied on Deb to tell me how to use it in this post from her delightful blog Smitten Kitchen. I use it more than he does. There’s a metaphor there somewhere.
On the blog:
One year ago: Love is a skill, not just an enthusiasm. A post about love and marriage, riffing on one of the best books I read last year.
Two years ago: My list of 100 dreams.
Three years ago: Spinning out. “Lately, when I get in the car, or lace up my running shoes, or seize a (rare) moment alone on the couch, I somehow know that I need to resist the impulse to grab my earbuds and instead let myself just be.”
Have a great weekend!