It’s been a busy week here!
What’s happening at home/school/life
in the magazine: The winter issue is out!
on the podcast: I’m talking about how we get our homeschool groove back after a break.
on patreon: We’re scheduling our first chat if you have topics you want to add to list!
on the blog: What I’ve been reading lately.
Links I liked
I like this take on why the ending of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” the Netflix series is a little less open-ended than the books.
All the mentions of Edward Gorey in The New York Times!
This is one of those things that makes you happy to be a reader: Who killed Edwin Drood? Some Dickens fans decide to bring the case to trial.
A medieval scribe — who also happens to be a woman — gets a little long overdue credit.
Classic literature is complicated by racism, sexism, xenophobia, and all kinds of othering. And yet, many of these classics have stood the test of time for good reasons. I believe completely in building a new canon that incorporates meaningful diversity, but this piece about reading as time traveling captures a lot of my ambivalence about letting go of the classics completely.
Things I didn't know but now I do
I could read more books a year if I spent less time re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
There won’t be any Sweethearts candies this Valentine’s Day. (I’m honestly not sure how I feel about this.)
BOOKS ADDED TO MY TBR LIST THIS WEEK
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen (How had I not heard of this?)
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (I had no idea James Tiptree was a woman, and apparently I am missing out on some great short stories)
You Know You Want This (She had me at “Cat People”)
WHAT’S MAKING ME HAPPY
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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.
Our weekly roundup of links, books, and other homeschool inspiration.
Our weekly roundup of great links, books, and other stuff that’s inspiring our homeschool life.
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.
Problems with children’s literature, thirty years of “Closer to Fine,” saying goodbye to Dylan McKay, weird ancient Greek obsessions, and more stuff we like.
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.
Friends versus “friends,” the link between prairie dresses and colonization, slow cooking trumps quick hands, adventures in medieval poop, and more stuff we like.