In our big Enlightenment madness competition at Jason’s school this week, it came down to Swift (“A Modest Proposal”) versus Swift (Gulliver’s Travels), and it was so fun to listen to all the arguments about why Samuel Johnson Dictionary was more representative of the Enlightenment than Hogarth’s “A Harlot’s Progress” — and vice versa. It was the highlight of my week — well, that and the latkes.
What’s happening at home/school/life
It’s our giant mythology reading list!
Maggie has some tips to bring community service and project-based learning to your language arts classes. (It’s like the homeschool trifecta!)
You may be interested in: Some of our favorite holiday readalouds
Links I liked
THIS. I have seen so many beloved magazines shut down over the past decades: Sassy, Mademoiselle, Gourmet, Blueprint, and now Glamour. And while I get it —the world changes and especially the media world — it feels even sadder not to give these magazines the real goodbye they deserve.
Relevant to my interests: Co-parenting with Lord Byron
Also relevant to my interests: The Victorian occultist accused of killing men with her mind
This made me laugh so hard.
Things I didn’t know but now I do
What’s making me happy
The Art Institute of Chicago has made its archives open access, and they are AMAZING.
This “Honest Diversity in Tech Report.”
These awesome Hanukkah cards.
This Totoro hoodie. (I’m so excited to see my Ghibli lover’s face when she opens this!)
These out-of-control snickerdoodles.
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The slow, important uncovering of history, snow plow parents, transcript-writing for people who aren’t transcript writers, cats in medieval manuscripts, and more stuff I like.
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The magical union of science and art, objectivity in a post-truth world, Star Trek has seen the future, and more stuff we like.
RIP, Mars Rover; renegade nuns; my new favorite tip for recognizing passive voice; my neighborhood 50 million years ago; and more stuff we like.
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The not-so-true Instagram reality, new words for cold days, find your Dewey Decimal personality, let’s stop hustling for a minute, and more stuff we like.
Celebrating Edward Gorey, how many books could you read in a year, a Golden Compass adaptation that I can’t wait for, trying the murderer of Edwin Drood, and more stuff we like.
Existential therapy, quitting email, fortune cookie literature, the best way to take notes, and more stuff we like.
Let’s not magically tidy our books off the shelves, the problem (ahem) with women political candidates, W.E.B. Du Bois and the modern infographic, and more stuff we like.
How to be a learning model in your homeschool, easing back into homeschooling after a long break, the joys of Scholastic book fairs, ants on medical leave, the rise of small bookstores, glitter, and more stuff we life.