As usual, my bi-weekly mix of what I’ve been reading on politics, society, music, books and craft! What things have been inspiring you lately? I’d love to hear: share it below!
+ Is An Inner Argument Holding Back Your Productivity? – Anything that Tara Sophia Mohr writes is like a clarity bomb of beauty and kindness. Here, she tackles on playing different roles in our lives can get in the way of making great stuff, and how to untangle that mess in a measured, gentle way.
+ 10 of the Greatest YA Series of All Time – WEETZIE BAT! THE GOLDEN COMPASS! So many of my favorite books are on here! I would also have to say Anne of Green Gables, as well.
+ Greg Ousley Is Sorry for Killing His Parents. Is That Enough? – I read this story was found myself very moved in a weird way. Is it possible to feel remorse for such a thing? And what is punishment and incarceration for? This story raises wonderful questions, though the comments depresses the bejesus out of me.
+ THIRTY YEARS OF SKATING – Thanks to the lovely Serena for sending this my way. My favorite will always be Christian Hosoi, because his skating was so graceful, but I’m down with the Gonz, for sure.
+ Insatiable longing – Reviews of two recent books about overconsumption and how it is derailing our economic system at a macro leve. After reading so much about personal finance this year, I really want to read more about it at a larger, structural level and understand where it all fits in.
+ Why is India so bad for women? – I read these kind of articles with kind of a ripped-up heart inside, because first of all, it’s easy to read this stuff and thank heavens such horrific stuff is happening “over there” when there are lots of problematic anti-feminist things happening in more developed countries — and it’s important to make those connections and see the fight for women’s rights as a continuum. But man, it is really not easy to read graphic accounts on how women are being treated and feel calm about it.
+ A Desert Beyond Fear – The good old New York Times has a terrific blog on anxiety, for those who are interested in the topic.
+ We Are Alive – This is a long, lengthy, fantastic piece on Bruce Springsteen from The New Yorker. I think it’s interesting to read this with a lens about his longevity as a songwriter and musician. And I loved the description of him working his ass onstage. Oh, and his workout regime.
+ Call of the Wild: Jack London’s Advice on Honing Your Creative Craft – I love to read about how writers practice their craft. I’m not a massive London fan, but I loved how focused he was.
+ How to Have a Career: Advice to Young Writers – Sarah Manguso is one of my favorite contemporary poets, and she gives some advice to writers here. It’s rendered in a direct, forthright voice that’s similar to her poems.