Hello, end-of-summer! You could slow down a little if you want.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HOME/SCHOOL/LIFE
I’ve been taking a little summer break from blogging — I’ve been doing my live series over on Patreon, working on the summer issue, and wrapping up the Year Two curriculum (true story: the second year is so much easier than the first!), but the HSL blog has been pretty quiet. I’m kind of in planning/evaluating mode, so if you have thoughts about things you like, stuff you’d like to read more of, or other ideas for the HSL blog, now is a great time to share them!
in the magazine: Thanks for all the feedback on the summer issue format! It has been really helpful — even though it seems to be about a 50/50 split for people who prefer each version.
on the blog: The awesome Sarah Smee is bringing back our Kindle Deals posts! (She’s the best!)
at the academy: We wrapped our summer chemistry class with an escape room challenge inspired by the periodic table.
LINKS I LIKED
I identify with Dorothy Parker less as an adult than I did as a teenager (when she was my — possibly problematic — role model), but I’ll still read any story about the Algonquin Round Table.
This recently rediscovered Langston Hughes essay is going on my U.S. history required reading list.
This is one of the best essays I’ve read in recent years.
The complicated history of feminist utopian literature: “We didn’t slay the angel in the house just to replace her with a lady CIA officer in a flak jacket, cool shades, and a cattle prod.”
THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW BUT NOW I DO
My inability to fall asleep unless I have one shoulder under a blanket is maybe not as weird as I have always thought it is.
BOOKS ADDED TO MY TBR LIST
This Is How You Lose the Time War (I have heard so many good things about this!)
I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution (I love Emily Nussbaum, and not just because Buffy changed her life)
WHAT’S MAKING ME HAPPY
Octavia Butler love! (I remember when I was trying to convince people to read Kindred, and now she’s everywhere, and it’s so great. I wasn’t super-smart about discovering her or anything — I was just lucky to have a great teacher who recommended her to me.)
This. (*Please be good. Please be good.*)
WHAT’S CONFUSING ME
The Cats trailer. I mean — I don't even know what I mean. But it’s weird.