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What I’m Reading and Thinking About This Week

These are the things I’ve been reading and thinking about this week.  We’re very reading and book focused this week. Let’s dive right in.

My 14-Hour Search for the End of TGI Friday’s Endless Appetizers (Gawker)

I’m late to the gravy train on this one, but I loved this piece at Gawker (of all places) about the new promotion the restaurant is offering brave customers: literally endless appetizers for the price of $10.  The piece is smart and funny and completely gross when you think about it.  As someone who has begrudgingly spent a few nights playing trivia in a TGI Friday’s (I used to hang out with a girl who looooooved it), I’m pleased to say it sounds like the ambiance experience of the restaurant is same no matter where you are geographically, and that I’m not the only person who thinks the food tastes like actual garbage.

This is gold:

1:30 p.m. I goddamn hate these fucking mozzarella sticks. The more of them I eat, the more I feel like I can taste every ingredient. Ingredients include: cardboard left in a hamster cage in the sun; acid.

1:35 p.m. For the first time, I heave.

Go Read Alice: The History of the Diary Novel (The Hairpin)

This lengthy piece is exactly what the title promises, and it hits that sweet-spot for me where it talks about the history of pop culture ephemera, mentions titles that are full of nostalgia for me, and has an immense amount of respect for the subject matter.  It’s definitely worth a read if you like the history of books or publishing or have read things like “Go Ask Alice” and wonder about the genre’s origins.

13 Tips for Getting More Reading Done (Medium)

A pretty straightforward list, the suggestions here for getting more reading in are fairly practical.  It’s funny that the article mentions recording TV shows so you can watch them later and fast-forward through commercials, because I saw another article this week claiming that the DVR has ruined their reading time.

Like the author of this piece, though, reading is something I love more than many, many other things.  I realize that this means that I prioritize the act of reading over other things in a way that others might not.

How Librarians Can Help Fight the Culture of Slut-Shaming (School Library Journal)

Karen Jensen is a pretty wonderful librarian who runs an incredible blog for librarians working with teens.  Although I’m over a week late with getting around to reading this post, it still provides for important and thought-provoking reading.  This is definitely more focused for people who work with teens or want to work with teens, but there are larger implications for society as a whole, too.  It’s worth a read, as Jensen provides great examples of literature and programming for helping combat the slut-shaming culture.

What did you read this week that got you thinking?


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