Favorite finds from around the web:
• The Books. “One of the funniest and most interesting questions you can ask a group of couples at a party is whether or not they have combined their bookshelves.”
• Three generations of women don the same outfit in a perfect portrait of womanhood. “I wanted to see her not only as my mother—but as a woman who had a life before me. A life full of hopes, first loves, dreams and ideas.”
• Authors Ann Patchett and Dan Pink talk about what makes a great book. Two of my favorite authors talk about how they know they’re reading something fabulous. (I love Patchett’s comments about how owning a bookstore has enhanced her reading life.)
• Struggling to find the silver lining in severed friendships. “Someone recently told me the theory that you shed and replace the majority of your friendships every seven years. I hate that idea. Yet, I understand why it’s an oft-repeated maxim.”
On my nightstand:
• I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe. I’ve been meaning to read this for over a year.
• Still Alice by Lisa Genova. I made all the kids bring books to an appointment on Wednesday, but when we got there and I realized I’d left my book on the kitchen table. I downloaded this on my iPhone from the Oyster app and read half of it in the waiting room. I finished it the next day. (Tears were shed.) And then I promptly began …
• Left Neglected by Lisa Genova, which I finished in another 24 hours.
• I’ve been listening to Middlemarch for almost a month now and the end is in sight. 32 hours down, 4 more to go. Whew!
On the blog:
• On burnout. “But I do need to stay balanced in another sense: I need to stay on my feet, metaphorically speaking. Burning out is like falling down, and it’s a lot easier to just stay upright than it is to get back up after you wipe out.”
• Talking about books I don’t like. “When I’m talking books with you, the most unhelpful things you can say to me are I liked it or I didn’t. I need to know why, and how. I need to know where the story stumbled and where it sung. I need to know what you specifically loved, or exactly what turned you off. If you don’t give me details, how can I know if I would like it or not?”
• The spiritual discipline of Project Runway. “We see our fair share of drama and meltdowns (the real-life kind) around here, and the designers have given us a language to talk about anxiety and anger in a non-loaded way. It’s much easier for a kid to discuss the mean girl on tv than the one in her neighborhood, the designer’s epic meltdown instead of his own.”
Have a great weekend!