Friday, March 22, 2013

Weekend Reading: The Interesting Things Edition

It has been a bit of a "don't read the comments" sort of week on the big stories, and I don't have the energy to rehash the various angry-making stories tonight, despite the fact that I read many excellent things about Steubenville, PyCon, and that unfortunate New York magazine article abotu "retro wives." (There, you can Google anything you managed to miss, if you are so inclined.) 

I don't even have the energy to thoughtfully discuss the not-angry making but thought-provoking posts I came across this week. It has been a long week, after a busy weekend, after an even longer week. I'm tired and looking forward to a weekend that promises to be more relaxing.

So let's just focus on some fun and/or interesting things, shall we?

Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher on Star Trek The Next Generation) has a tumblr in which she poses a Dr. Crusher action figure in various vignettes. Quite diverting.

You probably saw this article about the Russian family that was cut off from civilization for 40 years ages ago, but if you missed it, go read it now. It is fascinating.

And here is a more recent interesting article arguing that beer helped to give us civilization.

The Bean Chronicles found a great quote on writing, which I hope means that she is planning to write more blog posts soon!

Jane Yolen does a great job with a Big Idea post over at Scalzi's blog. I remember reading some of her books when I was a "young adult." I am now looking forward to rediscovering them with my kids!

I hope you have a relaxing weekend ahead of you, too. Feel free to leave me further happy, distracting things in the comments!


  1. Yay Gates McFadden! Yay for the new Star Trek movie coming out in mid-May!!

  2. Anonymous4:49 PM

    Definitely a don't read the comments week. I was sooo bummed one of these weekdays for seemingly no reason, and then I realized it was because I'd read a bunch of news stories and their comments sections. How could a person not be bummed?

    In other non-bumming news, The Zebra Said Shhhh is now in DC2's Easter Basket waiting for the day. Looks nice!

    1. Thanks! I hope you guys enjoy it.

  3. Oh, I read that article about the Russian family, too! Utterly fascinating, and also so sad at the end.

    I have read enough about Steubenville. And yet every time something else about it comes up on my Facebook feed or my newsreader, I can't help taking a look. Though my Facebook friends have been posting very heartening things--many of them mothers of boys who are posting links and pledges to *educate* and raise their sons to treat women with respect, and to stand up against the wrongdoing of others.


    Anyway, thanks for these links--the Scalzi one is also great. And yes, I do mean to start writing more regularly on my blog!

    1. There was another one, which I lost, about a Paris apartment that had been locked up since WWII. Also fascinating and sad.

  4. Oh gosh, I'm on my second attempt of trying to get through that Retro Wife article. It's making me stabby. I'm *definitely* not going to read the comments!!

  5. That retro wife article is positively gag inducing. I couldn't even look at the comments.


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