Monday Tally is a weekly link round-up of some of my favorite posts discovered over the week. If you have suggestions for Monday Tally, please e-mail sophisticated [dot] dorkiness [at] gmail [dot] com. Enjoy!
Quote and Photo of the Day
“I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them. After my father died, the book that sort of saved my life was Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. Because of that experience, I firmly believe there are books whose greatness actually enables you to live, to do something. And sometimes, human beings need story and narrative more than they need nourishment and food.”
— Actress Emma Thompson on choosing seven “books that made a difference” for O magazine. Thanks for the quote, Shelf Awareness
Writers in the Real World
A friend from college, Ben, has been blogging about his experiences in an MFA writing program. He’s had a couple really thoughtful posts recently about the idea of casting nets widely, or read broadly to experience different types of books. His second post is a little more formal look at the idea and some of the short stories that helped him read widely this semester.
Anthony Bourdain came to Madison a few weeks ago, and my friend Lindsay wrote up her impressions of his speech. I got to go too, and will have some thoughts about it soonish… I hope!
News and Current Events
PC World did an interesting article about the new Facebook messaging system, which is rolling out slowly over the next few months, I think.
Given that I was traveling a lot of last week, I found this article about airline security in The Atlantic both alarming and frustrating. Props to the authors for a Tim O’Brien reference in the headline.
Time magazine asks: Is coffee losing steam among the next generation?
Here are 48 ads that would never be allowed to run today. These are both hilarious and sad.
The New York Times had a not very interesting and badly researched article that tried to suggest that women who make more money than men have romance problems. I disagree, but also found Linda Holmes’ response both humorous and exactly correct.
Cookie Monster wants to host SNL. I am all for it. I dare you to watch his audition film and disagree with me.
Books for My TBR
- The Vertical Farm by Dickson Despommier, a book about new forms of farming, because it was mentioned in a local bookstore newsletter.
- The Englishman Who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects by John Tingey because I saw it on Very Short List.
- Cherries in Winter by Suzan Colón, thanks to a review by Venus Magazine, tweeted by @VintageAnchor.
- Scroogenomics by Joel Waldfogel thanks to a good review by Melissa at The Betty and Book Chronicles.
- Of Bees and Mist by Eri Setiawan because of a few intriguing reviews, in particular this one from Fyrefly’s Book Blog.
- Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal because I loved a recent TED Talk she gave, and was notified about the book because it will be on a TLC Book Tour next year. Can I have more time to read, please?