George Saunders on Tobias Wolff, a writer he admires: “It was invigorating to be reminded that great writing was (1) mysterious and (2) not linked, in any reductive, linear way, to the way one lived: wild writing could come from a life that was beautifully under control. Watching him, I felt: O.K., nurture the positive human parts of yourself and hope they get into your work, eventually.”
“Was I reading it because I was blue, or was I blue because I was reading it? This is the wonder of a book you love, that you can’t know; it’s like a horoscope. It is true, but you don’t know whether it would be true had you not read it. “
I saw The Way, Way Back and loved it. Great soundtrack, too. Next I want to see Fruitvale Station and Short Term 12.
“I unwrapped my tiny hamburger. It smelled like McDonald’s, a warm salty smell, like the breath of a healthy German Shepherd. The bun was smooth, immaculate, and pliant. It held my caress like memory foam.” Here.
“Resist, in other words, the allure of the multitasking myth. It’s the siren song of our age, and it will shipwreck your mind.“
Alicia Galer makes really pretty, simple drawings. And Barbara Kitallides makes gorgeous, vibrant, abstract paintings.
How to discover a story? Ben Montgomery: “Every day, the tide comes in and goes out, and if you’re standing there in the mud with a bucket and spear, your jeans hiked up, you’ll sometimes find something cool left behind.”
These observations from two American mothers raising their kids in the Congo are fascinating. For instance: a total embrace of public breastfeeding (and milk sharing). Part of a great series on expat motherhood (for, generally, white, middle-class women).
Rape Joke by Patricia Lockwood.
Prison is funny. Too many people get that wrong. Orange is the New Black doesn’t. (I haven’t watched the show, but this is a great essay.)
A very, very honest piece on the work of marriage. “Because it takes enormous courage – plus grace, and quite possibly good fortune – to transcend the resentments of long relationships, and to see one’s partner in a rounded way beneath.”
“I thought about how we should attribute as much meaning and weight as we want to things. About how everything is something if you look at it right.”