Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…
David Cain wrote this great post about journaling and even though it isn’t directly about writing, it describes the value of journaling for many purposes. He says, “The simple act of writing out a thought keeps it still long enough for you to get a good look at it.” I primarily journal to work through personal issues, but I find myself doing random journaling in emails to my friend Jen when I am working through something in my story that is getting me stuck, and sometimes I do this within my document itself. I like this idea of keeping an idea “still” in order to really process it. He has a lot of other good ideas for journaling (although he also advocates for particular software, which I don’t understand why we need anything special for that) so I encourage you check it out.
British Education Secretary Michael Gove announced that the the U.K. would remove U.S. Literature from the readings lists/curriculum that would be in standardized tests. Some U.S. citizens are quite put out – but the problem is that they’re put out by the wrong thing. I think we should be more concerned (and the UKIP presence in recent elections) that their curriculum is not just excluding U.S. literature, but all non-Britiish literature. Is this really the view any country should want for its children? I have not examined the list, but I hope that the Brit-only list is at least multi-ethnic, though I suspect it might not be.
LeVar Burton has never stopped being an advocate for Reading Rainbow, a program that ran from the late 80s to the early 00’s and after it went off-air, Burton bought the rights to it and created an app based upon it. He recently launched a Kickstarter in order to expand upon it on the web, aimed at classroom use. You can check out NBC’s short little bit on this which features Burton’s teary-eyed thanks at the rapid success.
Books I’ve Especially Enjoyed in the Past Couple of Months:
The Art of Falling, by Kathryn Craft (Goodreads review)
When Women Were Birds, by Terrie Tempest Williams (Goodreads review)
Currently reading: The World Without You, by Joshua Henkin
Video of the Week:
It would have been hard to miss the news about the death of Maya Angelou this past week. She was a kind and wise soul and fortunately for all of us, her words will live on. Slate posted a fun collage of people performing one of her more famous poems, but I still like Angelou’s own interpretation of her poem, “Still I Rise”: