Heeeeey, so this year is going by lightning fast so uh yeah, here’s what I’ve been reading the last couple months when I’m not sleeping or eating flatbread pizzas or talking about Frank Underwood (ahhhh) or watching old episodes of Law & Order from 1994.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., Adelle Waldman. Hmmm. The writing is solid and it’s a very quick read. On the other hand, I didn’t think it was as spectacular as the buzz it has received. It reminded me of the kind of book that in a few years I’ll see on a shelf at Half Price Books and I’ll be like, oh yeah, I read that once, before moving on. P
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel. This book was recommended me to a million years ago when I was an obituary writer (fun home refers to funeral home) and I just got around to it. It wasn’t what I was expecting and I mean that in a good way.
Jennifer Weiner’s Quest For Literary Respect, Rebecca Mead (The New Yorker). Interesting to read in contrast with Waldman’s book.
How Did Toast Become the Latest Artisanal Food Craze?, John Gravois (Pacific Standard) I love stories like this.
Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet”, Amanda Hess (Pacific Standard) A necessary read.
Sexy NYC, Lori Jakiela (The Rumpus) The only better than reading this is hearing Lori read it out loud, which I was lucky enough to witness.
Interview With My Mom, An Olympian Who Wasn’t, Lauren Vespoli (The Hairpin) It’s always a delight to read something interesting that isn’t even a blip on your radar of interests (rowing, in this case).
My Father, “All That Jazz”, The 1980 Oscars— And Me, Kate Authur (Buzzfeed) Another fascinating parent post.