Links I love:
• Read aloud books for plucky girls. Love this list.
• The labyrinth revival. “A labyrinth is not a maze. There is nothing to be solved, no dead ends meant to entrap the walker. Labyrinths have a clear way in and out. Yet the small amount of concentration required to stay on the path, combined with the repetitive nature of following the pattern, is said to produce a calming effect that can do everything from reduce anxiety to combat chemotherapy-induced nausea.”
• 20 iconic fashion moments from Jane Austen adaptations. “Although Austen’s novels almost all deal with the themes of self-knowledge, growing up, and the nature of romantic love, she was hardly above loving or thinking about fashion.”
• 17 behind-the-scenes secrets of bookstores. Some of these were old news, some were heartening, some were brand new.
• Ban men from literary readings. “Don’t you see me? I want to yell. Don’t you know a woman my age would never ask a question without having read the &!$!&$! book? But no, the moderator doesn’t seem to know!” I’ve been in readings like this. (Lots of salty language here.)
What’s on my nightstand:
Kate Atkinson’s new book A God in Ruins, just out Tuesday. This covers much of the same ground as Life After Life, from Teddy’s perspective. The concept isn’t as mind-bending as Life After Life, which I enjoyed, but I think this one is even better written.
On the blog:
• MBTI : strengths :: enneagram : motivations. “Many people say that if the MBTI highlights your strengths, the enneagram unmasks your weaknesses. This isn’t exactly true. (Although once you dive into the enneagram, “motivations” and ‘weaknesses” can sure feel like the same thing.)”
• Walking in circles. From the archives, since I’m sharing a link about labyrinths today.
Have a great weekend!