Today’s readings links are brought to you by yours truly.
This was an interesting read about how boredom can spark creativity. I do love being bored and having a lot of downtime. Though it hasn’t resulted in a masterpiece yet. Here’s hoping.
Just when I was telling you that I’m not going to buy any more of the Penguin Clothbound Classics, look what I found: this Sanditon edition. Of course, I couldn’t resist ordering it and it’s on the way. Yippee!
I’m working on a series of novels (Book 1 is in the editing phase, Book 2 needs to be rewritten and Books 3, 4 and 5 are in the draft outline phase) set during the Cold War. So, I thought I would make today’s reading links all about the Cold War.
Not about the Cold War, but set during the Reagan administration: Dee Snider on PMRC Hearing: I Was a Public Enemy. Dee Snider of the band Twisted Sister talks about his senate hearing. It’s a fascinating read because he is being brutally honest and doesn’t mind calling people on their hypocrisy. I had no idea that this was even an issue in the 1980s. Sometimes I wonder if politicians create drama and waste taxpayer money because they have too much time on their hands. (Sounds like Dee would agree with me.)
Why Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ Still Intrigues 200 Years Later. I finished Emma recently, but I haven’t seen the latest film yet. Admittedly, I’m not sure I feel intrigued by her or the plot. She is definitely my least favorite Austen heroine thus far. Though I still need to read Mansfield Park. What are your thoughts?
I have been enjoying Belgravia very much. No surprise there. It’s the highlight of my week. (Sad, but we are living through some intense days.) The Armchair Anglophile published recaps of each episode. They are funny, insightful and snarky. Highly recommended. Just don’t read ahead to the recaps you haven’t seen the episodes for. (Unless you don’t mind spoilers.)
If you’d like to burn hours on the internet, may I recommend the military maps of George III? Happy browsing.
The first episode of Belgravia is available in the US on Epix. I loved the book by Julian Fellowes and am excited to watch the series.
I paired Belgravia with a cup of tea. Now you know which tea to drink while watching the TV adaptation. Speaking of Belgravia, this is an interesting history piece about what happened at the Duchess of Richmond’s ball.
I have anxiety because of the coronavirus, the state of the union and the unknown. I’m going to take it one day at a time, do my part to be a good neighbor and stay home as much as possible. If you are home and want to read something, here is a mish-mash of reading links.
Remember how WeWork was the latest craze? WeWork began the shared space phenomenon, which isn’t a bad idea. Companies and solo business owners now have options to rent space for much cheaper than signing expensive, long-term leases. Anyway, I digress. Nothing good lasts forever and the origin of WeWork seems…interesting, for lack of better words. Rebekah Neumann’s Search for Enlightenment Fueled WeWork’s Collapse.
If you’re in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Historic Garden Week has been cancelled, but you can at least still look at pictures of gardens and flowers from past years.