Friday & Some Links

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FRIDAY!

  • Think you have what it takes to work at The Strand? You’ll have to take a quiz.
  • An interview with Emma Cline on The Girls
  • I’m surprised I enjoy Megan Abbott‘s books so much but not mad about it. The Fever had me hooked. Looking forward to reading You Will Know Me.
  • The Art of Fielding is a book I haven’t stopped thinking about since I read it last year. The characters stay with me, and the story behind the book is just as interesting. Check out this article about its journey to publication and this one on Chad Harbach‘s agent. Makes me fall in love with this industry all over again.
  • There’s a lot of controversy surrounding Dan Lyon’s Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, but I couldn’t put it down. I’m also an avid watcher of “Silicon Valley” (Lyons is a writer for the show), but as hilarious as it all is I find myself yelling screaming crying cringing too often. Having worked at a tech startup that was acquired last summer, there are way too many hits close to home. Some deal with culture, yes, but most maddening are the crazy challenges you face. While watching the most recent season, my husband had to tell me to calm down more than a few times.
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I CAN’T CALM DOWN!!!!!!

  • I’ve been reading Lucia Berlin‘s short story collection A Manual for Cleaning Women and wow. Her southwest landscapes and writing are dreamy and unexpectedly brutal. I often get lost in one and forget its fiction, though its said she used a lot of personal material. Check out this and that.
  • This week’s been long, but not altogether terrible. I’m enjoying more uninterrupted reading time and writing thought pieces. (They aren’t all about periods, don’t worry.) Oh, and I finally started A Feast for Crows. Wish me luck.
  • Working with customers in any context is a great human study. For example, this is live footage of my most vocal customers when threatening to leave and I hold the door open for them:

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Le sigh.

Keep on keeping on, guys! I hope you have an amazing weekend.

 

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