Friday, September 22, 2017

Weekend Reading: The Joshua Tree Edition

So, I'm going to see the U2 concert tonight. Mr. Snarky and I decided to skip it in a fit of fiscal responsibility, and then my sister talked me into going with her... so now I'm going and Mr. Snarky is staying home with the kids. I feel a little bad about that, especially since our kids will be joined by one of Petunia's best friends, whose parents are also going to the concert.

But I don't feel too bad because back in 2012, we flew home from our vacation on Mother's Day, and that night, Mr. Snarky and his friend went to see Roger Waters. I didn't want to see that concert, but leaving me home with jet-lagged kids on Mother's Day is worse than leaving him home with the kids on some random Friday, so I think this makes us even.

Anyhow, I should probably go, I don't know, put gel in my hair or something to prepare for my nostalgia trip to the 80s, so let's get the links done.

First, the book promo links:

I am now ready to sign up advance readers for The Burning. If you're interested in being an advance reader, sign up here.

Water into Wine comes out Wednesday! (You can pre-order the ebook now via the links on that page.)

Here's an interview with Water into Wine's author, Joyce Chng, over at Fran Wilde's blog.

On to the other links. I don't have that many this week, because I gave the online version of my Navigate the Path to Industry seminar on Wednesday, and doing that and all my other work kept me a bit busier than usual.

I've thought for some time that America needs to a truth and reconciliation commission or some other means for publicly coming together and discussing our past. So I like Tom Perriello's call for one in Virginia.

The Pod Save America crew's interview with HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen was really interesting.

Jamelle Bouie on political correctness is definitely worth your time.

Ed Yong's getting to see some cool stuff in New Zealand: first kakapos and now baby kiwis.

Sometimes the internet is still fun:

And if you somehow missed the Mary-Clare King story that was circulating this week, here is a tweet with both the video and the written version:


And that's all I have. Time to go gel my hair!

Have a good weekend, everyone.


  1. A co-worker went to see U2 with her fiance and liked it a lot (she had a U2 iPod for a while). It's hard to go to concerts with sprogs since babysitting is limited for us and we've seen most of the bands that we wanted to see (we saw Dropkick Murphys earlier this year though). Have fu.

  2. Thanks! The concert was good, but it took us an hour to get out of the stadium and onto a trolley afterwards. I got home so late and am a zombie today. (Because of course I had to get up and take the kids to gymnastics like usual!) I think I may be too old for stadium concerts anymore... Small venues are the way to go! We're lucky to have my sister and some friends who will babysit for many things, so we do still get out to concerts together now and then.

  3. Anonymous4:09 PM

    I went when they were in Toronto and it was such a great concert! So many memories associated with their music!


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