Briefly | I’m feeling so sad and so defeated by the mass shooting in Orlando yesterday. I’m not sure what it takes to accept that there’s a problem in the United States related to gun violence, and that we need to do something to address it. President Obama’s comments after a PBS News Hour town hall earlier this month have been on my mind, even more so since yesterday.
Reading | Reading has been incredibly slow so far this month. I decided to put Swamplandia! aside for something a little more fast-paced, Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. It’s a pretty good page-turning thriller so far, and comes with a Liberty Hardy endorsement, so I’m optimistic it’ll stay good.
Watching | I missed watching the Tony’s last night — we were at a friend’s house for game night — but I’m hoping I can catch the highlights from the broadcast online today.
Listening | The boyfriend and I are off to the lake this weekend, so we’ll need an audio book for the car. I’m trying to settle on something we’ll both like — I’m thinking Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, but we’ll see.
Cooking | Summer salads are here! We had a caprese salad over the weekend that was pretty delicious.
Blogging | I reviewed some books this week — Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and LaRose by Louise Erdrich. Yay!
Promoting | I got to interview Mary Roach for Book Riot! I learned a bunch of new stuff about the reporting and writing of her newest book, Grunt, that I managed to pull together in a relatively coherent Q&A.
Hating | I had a lot of things percolating for “hating” this week, but the events in Orlando over the weekend made all of that seem petty. So I’ll just say I hate that we’re at such a polarized moment in our country that there seems to be no interest, by some, in having a reasonable conversation about what should be done to start addressing an epidemic of gun violence.
Loving | This weekend was also my sister Jenny’s birthday. She’s an amazing sister, and has grown into such a good friend and travel companion. I couldn’t ask for a better sister in my life.
Can’t Let It Go | I’m stealing this last one from the NPR Politics podcast, which uses this prompt for their last segment every week. This week, I can’t let go of the fact that two of my favorite actors from Hamilton — Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr) and Chris Jackson (George Washington) — had small roles on Person of Interest! Leslie Odom Jr. played a privacy terrorist/advocate named Peter Collier for a multi-episode arc, and Chris Jackson was Random Inept Security Guard for one episode. So funny!