The Survey for August 23, 2015: Quiet Times

The Survey weekend recap The 3 Rs Blog

It’s a lazy weekend around here. That seems totally appropriate for these hot late-August days, but by one important measure summer is already over–the new school year started a week ago. (There’s not much homework yet, though.) I’m here a few hours late and probably a few paragraphs short, because I don’t have a whole lot to tell this weekend.

Reading

I’m on a nonfiction streak right now. I was reading What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South’s Tornado Alley by journalist Kim Cross on audio all last week; I finished it during my drive home on Friday afternoon, and should have my thoughts about it posted soon. But if you want a quick sneak-peek opinion, here it is: definitely worth reading, especially if you’ve ever lived with the American South’s particular version of severe weather. This afternoon, after this post is done, I’ll be returning to a galley of Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman (out 9/1/2015)….and maybe I’ll be taking a nap, but that won’t be a reflection on the book.

Watching

We are about 30 minutes from having absolutely nothing on the DVR. It won’t last, of course, but it feels kind of strange and wrong. We finished watching the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp last week, and thoroughly enjoyed it even though we’ve never seen the original movie it follows as a fourteen-years-later prequel set six weeks earlier. We should remedy that…but aside from that vague intention, we really have nothing urgently demanding out attention in the Netflix queue right now, either, and that also feels strange and wrong. 

Writing

I’m trying to piece together my reflections on my recent re-watch of Freaks and Geeks (in which I finally introduced it to Paul)–I started working on that a couple of weeks ago, and would like to finish it up this week. I’m also pondering something that came up in a conversation with some friends about my book purge last month: that it might be interesting to consider, on an individual basis, why I finally discarded some of the books that I’d held for years without reading. Since I did download a list of those all those books before I deleted them from LibraryThing, I actually could do this, and it’s starting to intrigue me as a project.

Sharing

Somewhat related to that just-mentioned unread-books project, a Book Riot guest post on “Coming Clean About Books You Never Read”:

“People say you tend to be repulsed most by the qualities in others that repulse you the most about yourself; those people tell the truth…I’m repulsed by my own occasional booklist shortcomings, all the times I failed to finish or even start so many.”

Somewhat related to my nonfiction kick, a list of Six Great Nonfiction Resources from Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness, who is one of my best nonfiction resources
Completely related to TV, the ongoing Television 2015 essay series at NPR’s Monkey See blog, by my podcast guru Linda Holmes:

There’s an awful lot of TV and an awful lot of ways to watch it. In fact, there may be too much entirely.

As much experimentation as we see in TV, you also still see some old formats — late-night, awards shows and news among them — unsure about whether they need to change anything.”

Television used to arrive weekly in almost all cases, one episode at a time. Now, the timing is being rearranged, and so are the conversations around shows.”

And just because I haven’t posted a photo of him for a little while, here’s Winchester in his current favorite napping spot. 
yellow dog napping and resting in a red chair

If you’re not napping this Sunday, let me know what’s up with you!

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