It must be written up today that for once, we are having perfect weather.
And I am loving it.
I also love the sweet peas, which have suddenly become one of my favorite flowers.
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Gratuitous cat picture!
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Writers' link of the week: I have debated with myself whether to link this, and I'm going to. So. People have been arguing over whether it's supposed to be satire or straightforward. If it's satire, O world, so is my life. I disagree with Ms. Manguso on a few partial points, and even then, mainly insofar as charity and humanity are affected; e.g., it would be unchristian to entirely "avoid all messy and needy people including family", but there's nothing wrong with setting aside some work time when you shut the door and turn off your phone, which I think is mostly what Manguso is suggesting anyhow.
Also, there's no reason one can't pick and choose their ascetic practices to some extent. I admit I have more than two outfits.
One other disclaimer: a lot of commenters seemed to think the piece was extreme self-absorption. I don't think so, unless you read the last paragraph as an exhortation to perform charity for art's sake alone, which I did not. I saw the article as offering generally excellent advice. But then, there are some things one might actually have to be born and raised ascetic to understand.
Here, then, is Sarah Manguso's "How to Have a Career: Advice to Young Writers". Enjoy.
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Music of the week: Thornfield, the folk/Americana band featuring Internet friends of mine Eric and Carrie Pazdziora, released their CD a few days ago! I bought it yesterday and have been enjoying it. Great piano, lovely voices, and fun, light lyrics.
Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any music videos available (hint, HINT, guys), but you can sample the tracks and buy a copy on their site. The album and an EP are also available on iTunes and are coming to Amazon and other places.
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Random amusement of the week: The Atlantic's "How to Eat Like Your Favorite Authors". I got a good laugh out of this, but some of these recipes look fantastic. I do have a lot of kale. And some beets.
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I'm off to get some more sun. Happy weekend!