Suzanne and I are working on getting the podcast back into something resembling regular rotation. This has been a busy year!
around the web
I may be the last person to read this lovely piece about the Metropolitan Museum of Art and From the Mixed of Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, but it’s delightful.
This is what shopping is like right now! Ugh.
Oh, and speaking of fashion, this piece on appreciating the physics of fashion was fascinating.
Relevant to my interests: The fierce, forgotten library wars of the ancient world
one year ago: Rebecca’s got the scoop on a hands-on curriculum for studying nature with children
two years ago: What’s so special about homeschooling?
I totally lost at Library Chicken this week, so I am planning a virtuous weekend of actually reading my library books, starting with Worth a Dozen Men: Women and Nursing in the Civil War South and All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation.
I got to reread East of Eden twice this year (once with my daughter and now again with one of my favorite students — though, who am I kidding, I only teach people I like so they are all my favorites), and it has just cemented my opinion that this book is the Great American Novel. (If you haven’t read it, I’m so jealous because you get to read it for the first time, but also you should put it on your holds list now.)
We took a week off, so we’re easing back into our regular routine with The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True. I’m pretty sure there’s scientific research to support the idea that all summer readalouds are better when you read them at the pool.
I am hooked on the new Twin Peaks. (Which is no surprise to anyone who knew me in high school, when I would camp out in front of the television at parties, hissing at people to keep it down.) It’s so utterly weird, and I love that it’s unpredictable and difficult and resistant to passive viewing—obviously many people do NOT like those qualities in a television show, but I really, really do.
Cookie of the week: lemon sugar cookies (these are lovely!)
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