My favorite finds from around the web:
• How the internet is killing the book review. “That the Internet democratizes the giving and receiving of opinion is usually a good thing. But the democratizing of book reviews, such that even self-published and low print-run books published by small presses can garner dozens of reviews by promoting “blog tours” or sending copies to readers with the expectation that they will post an Amazon review, has led not to better information for readers, but to a preponderance of inaccurate gushing.”
• If Jane Eyre came out today would it be marketed as genre? “Jane is never coded as a femme fatale: she’s plain, pale, diminutive, poor, young, in every way unimpressive—but her spirit is indomitable. That teaches the reader—any reader—something valuable about life. One does not have to look like one walked out of a Voguespread in order to speak up for oneself, and that is hardly a gender-specific lesson.” From Lyndsay Faye, author of the new retelling-of-sorts Jane Steele.
• The reading habits of ultra-successful people. “Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common? They read. A lot.”
• Some relationship advice from Pope Francis. “In addition to addressing questions of pastoral care, Francis muses on sex, communication, commitment and love in general — and for a 79-year-old man who has taken a lifelong vow of celibacy, the pontiff has some pretty solid relationship tips.”
When we moved to our new-to-us home nearly two years ago we resolved not to wait for the next house this time and one of the first things we did was plant this jasmine. It took two years but it’s paying off big-time this spring. (Follow me on instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
One year ago: The things you don’t read about on the internet. This has been top of mind lately. “When my therapist and I talked about the four levels, we were talking about in-person, three-dimensional relationships: the people you see at work, or yoga class, or Thanksgiving dinner. She wasn’t talking about blogging or social media. But lately I’ve been thinking about the four levels and the online world, and it’s been eye-opening: the internet is a place where our behavior and our relationship status diverge all the time.”
Two years ago: When you have a long runway. “Little introverts aren’t great at explaining themselves in short, pithy sound bites; instead, it often takes them a long time to put their thoughts together. They have long runways.”
Three years ago: Am I being crazy? Am I being stupid? Am I missing something? “I find myself asking my mentors 3 questions on a regular basis. They’re not the most sophisticated questions, but they sure are helpful.”
Four years ago: Your kids need to hear joy in the lifestyle you’ve chosen.
Five years ago: 1 ridiculously simple tip to make your marriage better.
Have a great weekend!