You guys, it snowed! And it’s Hanukkah! And there was election news that didn’t make me want to hide under the bed. Please let this be a sign of things to come.
around the web
I hope this makes you laugh as hard as I did: 20 Authors I Don’t Have to Read Because I Have Dated Men for 16 Years (I actually love Kurt Vonnegut, but #2 made me laugh so hard I spat my coffee.)
Relevant to my interests: A lovely profile on the homeschoolers of Harvard. “Homeschooling prepared me for Harvard really well because it fostered such a strong love for the act of learning… Not learning for a grade, not learning for an exam, but learning for the sheer love of knowledge itself.”
Let’s nerd out together about weird interstellar space objects, okay?
The weirdest thing I read this week: Judah Maccabee Versus the Anti-Vaxxers
on the blog: I think we all need Suzanne’s top 10 kid/YA books books of 2017 list, right?
one year ago: I forgot how much I love this nerdy t-shirt roundup!
two years ago: I always find myself going back to Shelli’s list of easy ways to celebrate the winter solstice. (It's coming up!)
three years ago: Learning authentically through homeschooling
You know I will read anything about the Tudors, but Black Tudors was particularly fascinating — it’s a group biography of ten African people who made their homes in Tudor England (including an independent single woman!). It’s always interesting to read Black history before slavery became its defining characteristic — it’s so sad but also fascinating to imagine what it would look like if slavery hadn’t happened, and this book offers a glimpse at some of those possibilities (as well as the racism that would allow slavery to take such a long hold on Western history).
I love books about food and its role in history (See also: Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories), so I was delighted to stumble upon A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression, which — as the name tells you —is a history of eating during the 1930s and the emergence of what we think of as “American cuisine.”
I love snow days. And I love having an excuse to have a fire. And I love jelly doughnuts. And I love that finals are over, and there’s a lovely, lovely vacation just ahead of me.
Like I have free time, I know, but I’m considering carving a little out to take this Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing course because I feel like it might be just what I need. Doesn’t it seem like it might be just what we all kind of need?
Is Mark Twain the problem with the modern United States, it’s still possible to get a great 1980s photo of yourself, television should be doing a better job across the board with women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people, and more stuff we liked this week.