around the web
- Um, I hope my best friend is not reading this because this is totally what I’m getting her for the holidays this year. (Don't click, Shelly!)
- I loved everything about The New Yorker’s piece on the unmasking of writer Elena Ferrante, but maybe especially this: “But the right to publish anonymously as a choice—an internal, artistic prerogative rather than an externally imposed condition—is one that women have only recently earned. It has no meaning as a choice if there is nothing to contrast it with—if their peers cannot publish freely under their own names. “
- I am so excited to plan a trip to the new Museum of African-American History and Culture, but for now, this interactive tour is the next best thing.
- Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature, and I am pretty happy about it, y’all.
- This made me love Trenton Lee Stewart. (I have to say, though, I thought his new book was just okay.)
at home | school | life
- in the magazine: The fall issue’s out!
- on the blog: Shelli shares her family’s homeschool routine.
- one year ago: When people say “Homeschooling must be really hard”
- two years ago: Our fall 2014 issue is still one of our most popular issues, probably because it contains our best cities for homeschoolers list (We’re working on an updated list for 2017—watch out, Austin!)
- on my night table: Chuang-Tzu: Basic Writings, which is my go-to in times of personal upheaval; Roast Chicken and Other Stories, similarly comforting; 84 Charing Cross Road, also the literary equivalent of comfort food—you may have detected a theme, but moving is really stressful, apparently.
- on my 14-year-old’s night table: The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education; The Four Story Mistake
- on my 9-year-old’s night table: The Secret Subway
- knitting: Why do I want to keep buying yarn when I am complaining to everyone who will listen about how much yarn I have to pack?
- watching: The Good Place. (Are you watching this? It’s a television show about ethics! It’s fair to say that I am kind of obsessed.)
- shopping: For paint for our new house. (Our new living room is currently very, very pink.)