Happy Saturday, readers! My family has been traveling for spring break, and now it’s so good to be home and sleeping in my own bed. Even if we do have 19 loads of laundry to do, and snow on the ground.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• A library mystery on Twitter. “So, good news: there’s not a serial killer in the library whose MO include the number 7 and wartime romances.”
• Tayari Jones on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The podcast has her full interview with Seth plus some additional questions with Late Night producer Sarah Jenks-Daly just for the podcast. They cover how she found her people for An American Marriage in an Atlanta mall, a great tip for writers, keeping Oprah’s secrets, and all the things Tayari has learned to do from YouTube.
• 4 fool-proof ways to fit decluttering into your schedule today. “The best way to do it is just to do it. Get started. Declutter one area of your home today.”
• Authors celebrate 90 years of Maya Angelou. “In honor of what would have been Dr. Maya Angelou’s 90th birthday, we asked authors to share their memories of the acclaimed poet—moments they shared together, how her writing made them feel represented and seen and how she inspired them to keep writing—forming a tribute to an incredible woman whose life and work have touched us all.”
• Cinema under the influence: Flannery O’Connor. “At its best, the cinematic Southern Gothic is trashy, obsessed with the past, blighted by poverty and brutality, and thoroughly unsettling. You could say very much the same of much of O’Connor’s body of work.”
• Coffee Break podcast. I loved talking personality and reading with Sarah Rhea Werner.
My REAL favorite Instagram is this one, but I only asked permission to share the photo on social. Click over to see it and read the story that goes with it.
On the blog:
One year ago: What’s your favorite independent bookstore? The comments section on this is GOLD.
Two years ago: When you completely misunderstand what’s going on. “We wondered if she was being contrarian for its own sake. But that’s not what’s going on at all. She has synesthesia, or at least gives a darn good impression of having it.”
Three years ago: Favorite childhood books you should totally read again. “Today I’m sharing seven of my actual childhood favorites—the books I read and loved as a kid.”
Four years ago: “When I’m tired or stressed, I climb into bed with a stack of cookbooks and read them like novels.” “I am over-the-moon to have Shauna Niequist–and her bookshelves–on the blog today.”
Five years ago: “Unused creativity isn’t benign. It metastasizes.” “If wholehearted living requires cultivating creativity, then are you finding an outlet for yours? Are you using your gifts?”
Have a great weekend!