I’m not being funny but are you sure it’s Friday?
It has been a sad news week, but keeping busy has kept me from dwelling on it too much. I took a road trip, visited with friends, hosted others, attended a new meet-up, took lots of trains, and ran a conference.
We held the third annual Small is Beautiful conference this week – a place for freelancers and creative business owners to come together, listen to some great talks, eat cake and make friends. It was wonderful and I left feeling very lucky that I get to work with such brilliant people.
Online, I’ve been spring cleaning my Pocket list, so you may recognise a few of these articles from weeks past. But as always, I hope you enjoy.
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This week’s brand new Bookish Blether episode was a rush order on Our Summer Holiday Reads – plus a little chat with Lindy West.
Over on YouTube, I tried my hand at the Independent Bookshop Week Tag.
And if you’re so inclined, you can take a look at the Small is Beautiful Twitter account for some tidbits and insights from the conference. (I’ll Storify it later. Promise.)
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I loved Sadie Stein on The Joys of Eating a Hot Dog Standing up at the Airport because I did that last week in Copenhagen and it was glorious. I already miss The Daily Correspondent column so.
Heidi Julavits is charming and funny as she explains why Soup Is the Breakfast of Kings. (If you grew up in a cold climate.)
To Date a Reader is a glorious thing. Thus spake Rosie Spinks.
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Content and its discontents : It’s massively depressing when journalists call their writing content. The word “content” can be a catch-all for everything you see, hear, and/or watch online, but I dislike the way it’s thrown around. Equally, I’m wary of this argument becoming one about what gets to be literature, and who gets to define quality. However, I do agree with Jon Christian’s closing statement: “take enough pride in what you do to be specific”.
I enjoyed this episode of The Allusionist on the tricky business of creating a brand name. Great if you enjoyed Start Up back when Alex Blumberg et al were trying to name Gimlet.
Also on the topic of podcasts, Collisions released “the Pod 22: A list of the 22 most influential people in podcasting” – and named only two women. Alex Laughlan countered with The 22 Most Influential Women in Podcasting, and Collisions has since redirected their article to hers. Well done, everyone.
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I finished Shrill by Lindy West and found it very front-heavy. It kind of morphed from essay collection to memoir mid-way and lost momentum.
Other than that I haven’t had much reading time this week. So tell me – what’s on your nightstand?
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Going Freelance Won’t Solve All Your Problems and Self-employed women earn 40% less than self-employed men – which is important for me to note after this week’s freelancer festivities.
Why is BookTube so White? Marines investigated and curated a huge list of BookTubers of colour for you to follow.
Your turn! Read anything good this week? Hit reply or tweet me!
Have a lovely weekend!