WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HOME/SCHOOL/LIFE
on the blog: You are doing a lot of things right, so give yourself some credit
on instagram: I love Women’s History Month reading with my kids.
LINKS I LIKED
I find myself hit surprisingly hard by the death this week of Luke Perry. He wasn’t my childhood crush or anything — that was Willem Dafoe; I was a weird kid — but there was something kind of cool about the fact that the show’s heartthrob quoted Keats and talked Kerouac. RIP, Dylan McKay.
This makes me sad. What are we doing with college and kids right now? Because it just seems like it’s terrible.
I feel like this question keeps coming up for me: How do we deal with beloved children’s literature (and Little House on the Prairie was absolutely beloved by me as a child) that clearly has Big Problems once we start paying attention? I think it might be okay to acknowledge that we loved what we loved and even to pass it on to our children — knowing that if we’ve done our job right, they will probably pick up on those problems and not love it the way we did. And that’s right — that’s how the evolution of the canon should work. When we know better, we read better.
This is my pet peeve! I am really picky about editions of classics, and Amazon makes it SO FREAKING HARD to get the one I want. (I usually end up Googling instead of searching inside Amazon because that tends to work a little better for finding the edition I want.)
Relevant to my interests (which actually makes me sound kinda creepy): Episodes of Eating Children in Ancient Greece, Ranked in Order of Unreasonableness
THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW BUT NOW I DO
It has been 30 years since “Closer to Fine” came out. Apparently this is the week of things making me feel old.
I do not actually know how to spell a surprising number of celebrity names. (Maybe you can do better!)
BOOKS ADDED TO MY TBR LIST THIS WEEK
The Secret Commonwealth (Lyra Silvertongue all grown up? Sign me up!)
A People’s Future of the United States (Get on my bookcase!)
WHAT’S MAKING ME HAPPY
It’s spring break! (It’s funny because when I was in school I didn't love spring break, but now that I teach school, I’m in love with spring break!)