Happy almost New Year!
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HOME/SCHOOL/LIFE
We’re on vacation, and it’s awesome!
LINKS I LIKED
Funny: An update on the problem of Maria
I’ve loved Eliza Dushku since she rocketed her way into the third season of Buffy, and this op-ed piece makes me love her even more.
Just what the holidays need: The best movie musicals ranked
The Comedy Wildlife Photography awards never fail to make me happy.
Sci-fi space exploration has traditionally been a man’s world. What would it look like if women had a voice, too?
THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW BUT NOW I DO
There is a reason stepping on Legos hurts more than walking on fire.
My secret fear of falling off a cruise ship is TOTALLY FOUNDED.
There’s a Barbara Pym cookbook!
Some people take gingerbread construction very seriously.
BOOKS ADDED TO MY TBR LIST THIS WEEK
All the Names They Used for God (a gift from a friend!)
Cane (I’ve never read this, and I need to)
Save Me the Plums (It’s not out until April, but I can’t wait!)
Revenge of the Translator (This looks right up my alley)
WHAT’S MAKING ME HAPPY
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Lilith Fair flashbacks make me happy, British citizenship tests are stuck on the Tudors, the problem with “spiritual consumerism,” when books could kill you, and more stuff we liked this week.
Rediscovered Langston Hughes, the Algonquin Round Table turns 100, feminist utopias, and more stuff we like.
Preschool politics, battles on the YA shelves, Stone Age engineering projects, the subtleties of translation, and more stuff we like.
The downside of gifted-ness, secret literary fellowships, loving Judge Judy, LARPing with goats, and more stuff we like.
Why do we trust online reviews, reading by plant-light, the overlap between Waldorf, privilege, and vaccinations, Babylonian break-up tablets, and more stuff we like.
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.
Revisiting the 90s, utopias vs dystopias, what your favorite color says about you, dinosaur courtship, and more stuff we like.
Burnout is not a professional goal, the myth of the frontier in U.S. history, what do we mean when we talk about “electability,” what we always suspected about cats is true, and more stuff we like.
Highs and lows of Facebook groups, Teddy Roosevelt and the Iron Throne, my new favorite interview with a vampire, and more stuff we like.