It’s been an absolutely glorious week here in Glasgow. It’s warm, the Commonwealth Games has the city abuzz, and I’ve been booking trips left and right. And Chris Hoy and James McAvoy are taking selfies together.
I’m looking forward to getting my dudebro on in California next month, then visiting my brother on the other coast in September.
What’s new with you? Read anything good lately? Here’s what I’ve been reading…
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Still not sure what the heck I actually do for a living? (Me neither.) On my professional site, I blogged about My Story So Far.
I also posted a wee book haul.
One of my hilarious tweets from the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony here in Glasgow was featured on a Huffington Post Comedy blog – along with one of Evan’s. Spoiler: it’s about Hoy’s thighs. (Find me on Twitter for the rest. It was fun.)
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Speaking of Evan (that’s my husband), and culture, he wrote a great, rightfully indignant piece about his experience getting a visa in the UK: The Test of Your Life.
The New Yorker has opened its archives for the summer! Here’s the info, and here are All the New Yorker Story Roundups You Should Read While the Stories Are Still Unlocked, As Well As All the New Yorker Stories They Link To. Thanks, The Awl!
Leslie Jamison and Anna Holmes share some Writers’ Regrets. From Jamison:
I’d spent most of my life writing fiction, and it took me a while to accept that even in nonfiction I was still constructing characters — myself included.
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This week’s newsletter recommendation is The Ann Friedman Weekly. Have I recommended this before? Probably. Don’t make me tell you thrice.
In video, my friend Jean is hosting a Classical Literature Readalong [VIDEO] throughout August. We’re reading The Odyssey by Homer in the first 2 weeks, then Ovid’s Metamorphoses in the next. Join us using #classicalreadalong.
Though I’m sickening hard on the word “content” and the constant dilution of its meaning, there are some nice tips in this Copyblogger post with a horrible title that we’ll just call How to Write Daily. (Which I also plan to do in August – more info soon.)
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This week I’ve been reading 2 books: a fantastic and thoughtful essay collection called Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit, and a funny crime caper novel called Death and the Penguinby Andrey Kurkov.
I’m also trying out a Braid E-Course this week. Check out their lovely blog.
What have you been reading this week?