Hey readers, you may have noticed that we freshened the blog up for spring. We didn’t change much, but I hope you like the new look all the same.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• This bookstore is using clickbait headlines to get people to read literary classics. “British guy dies after selfie gone wrong”? The Picture of Dorian Grey, of course. (New vocab for the day: “literary clickbait” = “litbait.”)
• What if all I want is a mediocre life? “What if I embrace my limitations and stop railing against them? Make peace with who I am and what I need and honor your right to do the same.” (Speaking of clickbait: “mediocre” was definitely a word chosen for that potential here, but I still appreciated this.)
• Literature by the numbers. A fascinating Longreads interview with the author of the new book Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing. Nabokov’s favorite (i.e., oft-used) word was “mauve.” Connelly’s is “nodded.” Bradbury liked “cinnamon.” Christie used “alibi” and “inquest” at a high rate (no wonder!)
• How the Like button ruined the internet. “Once other people start telling you what they like via Like buttons, you inevitably start hewing to their idea of what’s good…. The stuff you publish will start looking a lot like the stuff that everybody else publishes, because everybody sort of likes the same thing and everybody is fishing for Likes.” (Read to the end for an interesting theory: podcasting is booming because its largely free of these “Like” handcuffs.)
This was what my kitchen counters looked like on Wednesday. (And the day before that, and the day before that, and probably the day before that.) I’ve cleaned up since then, much to Will’s relief. (Follow me on instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
One year ago: My to-do list and my wish list. “I told all this to a friend recently—another woman who has a big family, and similarly big responsibilities right now—and she said Are you sure you made a to-do list?”
Two years ago: 40 great book club novels.
Three years ago: Buying a house vs. buying a house AND a life. “When our realtor asked us how much we could spend, I tried to explain the difference between what we wanted to pay (less) and what the mortgage company thought we could afford (more).”
Four years ago: My daughter tell me exactly how she wants to be loved.
Have a great weekend!