Happy Friday! How has your week been?
This week I started a new personal timetable, which as gone pretty well on the whole. However one item was to attend the gym at least once. I did, but the rest of the week is off now as the gym is shut for roof repairs. Scuppered by the wind.
What are your plans for the weekend? I hope they include getting stuck into some of these lovely links.
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Yesterday I reviewed this week’s movie releases: Whiplash, Wild, American Sniper and Testament of Youth over on BBC Radio Scotland. Click here for the iPlayer catch-up link.
That’s all you got from me here this week, but I’ve a wee joint project launch in the works… stay posted.
On my business blog, though, I blogged some Tips for Content Curation.
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While I haven’t been paying too close attention to the Charlie Hedebo story, some things about it concern me. Teju Cole and Anthony Lane elucidate them better than I ever could in their latest New Yorker piece: Unmournable Bodies.
This week in We’re Too Fucking Ironic For Our Own Good: an excellent piece on The Awl pleads that we Free Joan Didion. (Leave Joan Didion alone!)
This quote from Free Joan Didion also also relates to Unmournable Bodies:
The promise of perfection, of minimalism, of simplicity, is a promise that invites you to discourage with complexity because complexity is the place where you’ll have to decide something for yourself. “Keep it simple” is code for “don’t think about this too hard,” and not thinking too hard is a sedative as powerful as anything pharmaceutical.
Also from the New Yorker: a new David Sedaris story! What We Did at the Beach.
Reading Diversely? [OFFLINE] As being a conscientious reader is a real trend in the bookish internet at the moment, my fellow reader Didi has a problem with how many people are going about it.
Teju Cole again, on his favourite film.
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My favourite podcasts are getting so incestuous lately… not that I mind! This week, Alex Blumberg (former This American Life and Planet Money producer; star of his own podcast StartUp on his venture to start a podcast empire) is on the Longform Podcast talking about journalisty stuff. Well worth a listen.
The problem with social media ads is the social part. This is the same idea I’ve been struggling with as the social sphere changes, personally and professionally. Well elucidated by Mike at Velocity Digital.
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Do you journal? I enjoyed this – Famous Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Journal – and was reminded that if anyone reads mine after I die I’ll seem like the most vile and angry person to walk the earth. So, err, please don’t. The ones in this list are pretty great, though.
I’ve started too many books again. Gah! I’m still reading This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett (non-fiction) and The Maltese Falcon by Dashiel Hammet (fiction).
Added to the pile this week is The Known World by Edward P. Jones – a Pulitzer Prize winner and this month’s book club selection.
Read any good books lately? Hit reply and let me know.
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12 Historical Women Who Gave No Fucks. I’m not usually one for listicles, but this one is a great primer about women in recent history, and my twitter followers seemed to like it!
The excellent Jessica Furseth (whose weekly reading list inspired this one) exposes some of her old single life eating habits and little addictions in Creature of Habit: Food, Marriage, and Ginger Beer on The Toast.
What have you been reading this week?