Random title, I know, but this is a bit of a random post.
First, Unplugged: Last month (and last year–ha ha!), there was a sort-of challenge for bloggers to take time and unplug. I’m going to be away from good internet access for the next four days while I volunteer with some high school students here in Minnesota. So until Monday, this blog and most blog-related activities are unplugged.
I was hoping to have a book review to post before I left, but since it’s vacation I’ve been lazy and just didn’t do it. My thoughts on Gang Leader for a Day will just have to wait for next week.
Second, Memoirs: In case you can’t wait for me to get back, I’ve got a couple suggestions. The first is a great Newsweek article about the phenomenon of the second memoir. Once someone writes a great debut memoir, what’s next? Can someone really have material for multiple memoirs back-to-back? I just started reading Memoir: A History by Ben Yagoda, who is quoted in the article talking about Frank McCourt and expectations of follow-up memoirs.
Third, Awesome: I also want to point to one blog I recently discovered — 1000 Awesome Things. Everyday the author posts about something random in everyday life that’s either unexpectedly awesome or just overlooked. I’ve firmly believe in appreciating the small things, which this blog constantly reminds me of. Sample bits of awesome include when the DJ plays your request, perfect parallel parking on the first try, and rubbing someone’s newly shaved head. The blog author is currently working on a book, which I’m so excited about!
I think taking some time away should also be added to the list of awesome. Have a great weekend!