Briefly // I took zero photos this week because I spent most of it sick. I’m still not fully recovered, but I went to a doctor on Friday who gave me a strep test (negative) and some antibiotics and thought I should be feeling better soon. Fingers crossed.
Time and Place // 8:50 a.m. at my desk
Eating and Drinking // Because of the medicine’s reaction with dairy, I’ve got some green tea and toast instead of my usual breakfast.
Reading // I’ve been bouncing back and forth between The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara (fiction) and The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird (nonfiction). I don’t know if I’ll finish either before I leave for Book Expo America on Tuesday. I also picked up a copy of Thunderstruck, Elizabeth McCraken’s new collection of short stories, at the library. I’m excited to dig into that one.
Watching // I think I’ve settled on my television plans for the summer hiatus: watching Veep thanks to HBO Go and rewatching Merlin thanks to Netflix. My sister and I were into Merlin awhile ago, but never watched the final season. We’re both going to revisit the entire series this summer.
Listening // I started listening to Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff. I thought the “gonzo” style of the book might make it a good candidate for audio and so far so good. I should get some time with that audio while traveling on Tuesday.
Blogging // This week I shared mini-reviews of We Were Liars by e. lockhart and Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, a full review of The $11 Billion Year by Anne Thompson. I also posted about some of my plans for my trip to BEA, including some of the authors and panels I’m curious about. Those plans always go out the window once I arrive, but I like having a place to start.
Promoting // Clare at The Literary Ominvore wrote a post about shame in the time of superheroes that has a smart take on some of the differences between the DC Comics and Marvel Comics movie adaptations. In part:
Instead, they’re [“scrambling to cater to a narrow demographic”] to try and prove that comic books aren’t for kids. What DC Comics appears to want is confirmation of that from the masses, a cultural reassurance that they aren’t nerds, virgins, or losers for liking superheroes, because they’ve “fixed” the supposedly defective parts of the superheroes. It’s now cool to like superheroes—as long as you didn’t actually like the campiness, silliness, earnestness, and heart that created the audience studios are trying to cash in in the first place.
Hating // I hate being sick, especially right before leaving on a trip, but that’s fairly obvious I’m sure.
Anticipating // The next week or so is going to be really fun. After I finish packing and getting my house in order, I have a graduation party and a BBQ to attend. Tomorrow I’ll be going to my family’s cabin for the day. Then on Tuesday I fly out to New York City for a week of books and friends and plays and parties. I am so excited!