The heat wave that ushered autumn into Southern California seems to have broken, finally, and I decided to take advantage of it by setting up the laptop on the patio. (Paul’s always reminding me that the thing is actually portable!) I plan to switch over from writing to reading this afternoon, but I intend to spend as much time as possible in my outdoor office today!
I finished reading Alexander Hamilton in audiobook earlier this week and am working on my write-up. Short version: if Lin-Manuel Miranda’s version got you interested in the subject at all, you owe it to yourself to get acquainted with the source. The audiobook is 36 hours long, and the print version is over 800 pages–either way, it’s a time commitment, but it’s worth it. And I bought a magazine this weekend.
Heads up! I’ll be re-opening The Book Bridge for submissions on Tuesday, so watch for the link! Participation in the last round was lower than usual, so I didn’t post in September. However, I will include those contributions in October’s post, along with any new ones that come in during the next two weeks. (And if you did submit a read last time, you’re welcome to share another in this round!)
I’ve been pretty busy with politics on Twitter and Facebook lately, as you may already know. I fully intend to keep that up for the next few weeks…but for the most part, I won’t bring it to the blog. However, I will bring you a reading list of some of the articles I’ve read and shared on social media recently and a shortcut to making sure you’re ready to vote.
Don’t be lulled into false security by your Twitter feed. There are a bajillion other feeds that are exactly opposite of yours. Vote!
— Cullen Bunn (@cullenbunn) September 27, 2016
All politics, all the time is exhausting and anxiety-producing. Here are some other things to read:
What’s lost when telephone calls disappear: Slate (The phone call is dead. The smartphone killed it.)
“We hoped blogs would democratize media and allow people to make real connections via the Web. We feared that power would accrue to a handful of sites or writers; that this small group of people would talk among themselves and exclude others; that eventually, inevitably, what we considered an art (sort of) would be degraded by commerce.”
And here’s something I saw at Target this weekend. Does anyone else think this pumpkin-spice thing is maybe getting just a bit out of hand?
Hope your week gets off to a good start! What are you up to?