fantastical friday

fantastical Friday: February 21, 2014

I’ve taken a break from Twitter for the past week and found it both considerably easier and impossibly more difficult than imagined. However, the completed section of book is getting good reviews from friends whose opinion I trust. Happy Friday, all.

Megan McArdle walks us through “Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators” and further sociological study of the children of hovering parents at The Atlantic. The first half to two thirds of the article sound as though she might be living inside my head.

PBS’ Great Performances gave me the best Valentine’s Day gift: a Friday evening retrospective, originally filmed and shown live on British television, of the fifty years of the British National Theater. I am now fairly desperate to see a revival of “Pravda” with Ralph Fiennes in the lead role, lovely pretend South African accent and obscenities and all.

Vanity Fair did a wonderful thing: publishing untouched photographs of impossibly famous actors by Chuck Close in the Hollywood issue. One of my favorite fashion bloggers unpacks the advertising money and public sentiment behind why women are not allowed to age the way men are often encouraged.

Zainab Shah beautifully explains a Valentine’s Day in her teens, one in which friendship eventually trumped the forbidden lure of a boy.

I don’t have a DVR, and this article by Jon Caramanica for The New York Times does a fairly good job of explaining why.

This article for the BBC Magazine by Adm Gopnik on why he doesn’t tweet came at just the right time: in the middle of a personal week long embargo of Twitter. Actually, it came moments after I succumbed to check if I had received any mentions, on the third day of my attempted week without Twitter.

In retail sales, a place I’ve inhabited nearly my entire life as part of a four-generations family business, it behooves an occasionally snarky woman with opinions and definitive ideas to master a bit of a cheerleader giggle and childish vocal habits, if only to ensure customers aren’t offended. What annoys me is when my career tendencies crossover into normal life with a forcefully higher-pitched voice and tendency to speak in questions. Jessica Lahey explains in The Atlantic why and how teachers and others in positions of power need to work to counteract such baby-speak from girls before it becomes their default setting as unheard adult women.


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