End of Summer Roundup
Ah, Summer of 2015, I hardly knew you. Here we are in September and I’ve somehow gone the whole season without one visit to the beach or pool. I’ve definitely over-compensated for the lack of traditional summer activities with my abundant consumption of ice cream. Still, it’s a little depressing to think that the last time I swam was in a nondescript suburban hotel pool on a work trip earlier this year. I had bought the bathing suit that same day in the local Wal-Mart. It’s been in my drawer ever since I got home.
To avoid dwelling on how summer passed me by, I’ve been enjoying other things lately, on the internet and beyond.
- The Feminist Current podcast takes me back to my undergrad Gender Studies days with some radical feminism out of Canada.
- You Must Remember This is another podcast I was happy to stumble upon, and I particularly enjoyed the show on John Wayne. Recommend for any old-timey movie buff.
- Do we mistake inaccessibility for brilliance? I loved this pair of essays that answers that question (yes) but also provides insight into the rewards of sticktoitiveness when it comes to grappling with long or challenging works.
- Donuts. Well, honestly, just food in general, always, at all times. But to be specific about it, in the D.C. area, Sugar Shack is one of my favorite coffee and donut places. And for brunch (my favorite meal), I can’t resist the homemade pop tarts and boozy milkshakes at Ted’s Bulletin.
- And despite/because of all that food, I’m still running. “Marvin Gaye” by Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor is a sweet, sexy song that kept me moving on my runs … so I could get home quicker and eat. (The video is weird, hilarious, and slightly porny.)
- I’ve always loved thinking about the connections between creativity and mathematics, and this equation scarf (slide 6) is just one example of that relationship. Also, it’s really cool.
Some of my fave creators from IRL have cool recent posts:
- G.G. Andrew’s tips for writing romance by way of a review of the rom-com Old Fashioned.
- Crziebird’s butterfly will be a warm reminder of summer even when it’s snowing.