Friday, April 17, 2015

Weekend Reading: The Oops I Forgot the Title Edition

Awww crap. I posted this without a title and now the URL is going to be goofy forever more. Oh well.

First of all, thank you to everyone who helped answer some of the mysteries of the universe in my last post. I appreciate it!

Before I launch into my main set of links, I want to share a survey that a student sent to me. She is looking to get more responses from parents, and so I said I'd include a link to the survey here. Here it is.

(As an aside, this is the second time I've been contacted by a student at that particular university. I suspect a professor is recommending students reach out to bloggers for help. In general, I'll try to help students where I can... but I'm not sure what I think about this approach from the professor. There is a risk that a bunch of students will reach out to the same people, who will then be overwhelmed with requests for help. Has anyone else out there thought this through more carefully than I have?)

Also, while I'm not giving you the main links... my publisher is now putting out Spanish-English bilingual editions. Here is the bilingual edition of Petunia, and here is the bilingual edition of The Zebra Said Shhh. I'll also note that these are paperback editions, so if you want a physical copy of Petunia and don't want to pay for a hardcover edition... now you can get a paperback. As a bonus, it will have the text in both English and Spanish!

Anyway... on to the regular links.

One company is taking a refreshing approach to setting pay levels- everyone will be paid at least $70,000, and the cost of this is being offset by a reduction in the CEO's pay. I doubt this will catch on, but hooray for that company, anyway.

I found this essay about the debate around "religious freedom" to be very useful.

Here is a great essay that I'm struggling to summarize so you should just go read.

And here is a great essay about raising a kid who is comfortable being different.

There were two interesting NY Times book reviews making the rounds today: Choire Sicha on Jon Ronson's So You've Been Publicly Shamed and David Dobbs on Alice Dreger's Galileo's Middle Finger. I'm more inclined to read the latter book, but they are both really interesting reviews.

Have you seen the Tableflip Club? It is a rousing manifesto. If you're trying to explain these issues to people who are unaccustomed to thinking about structural problems and you want them to actually read the link you send them, this remix from Viola Song (violasong? I am unsure if this is a name or a pseudonym!) is probably a better bet (and is also great on its own merits.)

Here is Dacher Keltner discussing empathy:

And here is my Crappy Things I Made to Stop the Whining post about Petunia's insistence that we make a house out of twigs for her little giraffe, presumably because the giraffe's name is Twiggy.

And now I have to go make some pizza for dinner. Happy weekend, everyone!


  1. Oooh, bilingual editions! Are you planning to make one in French?

    1. I don't know of any plans for French editions, sorry!


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