for your consideration

I have been distracted from writing the newsletter this week by three things:

  1. Wondering what “i.e.” stands for 

  2. Starting work, unpacking, etc. 

  3. THIS BOOK-------> Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch

It’s so good, you guys. I’m only like twenty pages in, but I stayed up late reading it last night, and I hardly ever stay up late. By the author of the fascinating column “A Linguist Explains” on the Toast (RIP), Because Internet explores how the explosion of informal writing on the internet has changed the way we communicate with each other. I bought it in hardcover for an absurd amount at the bookstore yesterday and it is already worth it. 

Let me tell you about some other books:

  • The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory. I love all three of her books, largely because they get at what I really want from my romance novels-- male leads who are not total dicks and lots of the characters eating comfort food. 

  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Still reading this one. I like it except for there are no women.

  • Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisely. It’s a graphic novel about a difficult pregnancy and birth, so, it’s not a super happy book. But I really like Lucy Knisely’s comics, and I’m glad this book is out in the world. 

  • Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker Palmer. Someone expressed indignation that I went to Quaker college and did not read this book, so, here I am. It’s good. I am reading it on my lunch breaks to try to be a better citizen. 

  • The Bride Test and The Kiss Quotient by Helen Huang. I read both of these recently, and they are as thoughtful and romantic as everyone says. 

  • Dune by Frank Herbert. It’s a book. I have tried to read it 3 times. Maybe one day. Fear is the mind killer.  

  • Midnight Chicken by Ella Risbridger. This book has the distinction of being the only cookbook that has ever made me cry! It’s good, though.

  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. My mom lent me this book! I don’t know what it’s about, but it’s next on my list. 

  • The Bible, by various authors. I moved in with another goofy Christian and now we have four Bibles, each with different footnotes.

Be well! Read if you feel like it! Don’t read anything out of obligation!