RBR Sunday Salon
Volume 1, Issue 7
A fine Sunday to you, dear readers! The autumn season has now officially arrived and we’re sure feeling the cool down here in Las Vegas! By that I mean, we’ve actually had a few consecutive days where temperatures did not reach 100-degrees. Progress! (It’s still in the mid-and upper-90s.) That said, a cool down is a cool down, and it is psychologically even more affecting, I think. With the temperature break, Jesse and I decided to spend the weekend outdoors, most significantly in another hike around Red Rock Canyon. The pictures I’ve included in this week’s Salon are from Saturday’s journey through the canyon. Hope you enjoy!
That said, I still managed to find time throughout the week to do quite a bit of pleasure reading, including the usual topics (science, environment, education, writing, politics, etc.) It was a pretty interesting reading week, in fact, and I hope you’ll find something here that you enjoy. Let me know your thoughts!
Blog Posts I Loved
- Flying Paperbacks: Tropes That Can Burn Their Tongues on Hot Oatmeal. “As of late, I’ve been reading a lot of tropey books, but that’s not what made me think of this post. And I started thinking: tropes are a thing… am I okay with them? I mean, the answer is no, some tropes irk my soul and I’m going to dish them out.”
- Beth Fish Reads: Thoughts on 10 Years of Blogging. “The very best part about blogging: I’ve made some amazing friends in the last 10 years, and I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many of them in real life. Some no longer blog, but I still keep up with their lives through mutual friends or social media. I had no idea that the community of book bloggers would be filled with so many wonderful people.
- Adventures of a Bibliophile: Reading Recommendations-Banned Books (Diverse Books Edition). ” I want to share some of my favorite diverse banned books. There are so many great diverse books out there, and some of my favorites have at one point been banned or challenged (let’s face it, a lot of amazing books have).”
- Literary Hub: How the Great Lorraine Hansberry tried to Make Sense of it All. “In 34 years, the briefest life of the great Hansberrys, she left a lasting impression. She was an artist and an activist. She was strident and striking, an aesthete, and, as John Oliver Killens called her, ‘a socialist with a black nationalist perspective.'”
- Vulture: A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon. “You never know exactly what you’ll discover when sending out a survey like this, the results of which owe something to chance and a lot to personal predilections. But given the sheer volume of stuff published each year, it is remarkable that a survey like this would yield any kind of consensus—which this one did.”
- Cosmopolitan: The 15 YA Books Every Adult Should Read. “Let’s be clear: there is ~no shame~ in loving young adult literature, even if you yourself are, say, an “old” or “regular” adult. In fact, studies show that more than half of YA readers are actually adult-adults, which sort of calls the whole meaning of the phrase into question and makes you wonder if this system of categorizing books by target audience is dumb to begin with.”
History & Politics
- Narratively: The Gay Black American Who Stared Down Nazis in the Name of Love. “One night at Harvard, Peggram and Bernstein sat side by side on a studio couch in a dimly lit room while a quartet played Beethoven. Peggram had asked that the lights be lowered because he believed that it was “more pleasant to listen to music in a room that has been darkened.” Peggram was in “ecstasy and agony at once,” sitting so close to Bernstein.”
- Atlas Obscura: The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books. “They were known as the “book women.” They would saddle up, usually at dawn, to pick their way along snowy hillsides and through muddy creeks with a simple goal: to deliver reading material to Kentucky’s isolated mountain communities.”
Culture & Society
- CN Traveler: Starbucks Has Officially Landed in Italy. “The 25,000 square-foot Reserve Roastery is being hailed as their “most beautiful store to-date,” according to a press release, with a mosaic floor handcrafted in the Northern Italian Palladiana style and marble countertops sourced from Tuscany (and unlike in most espresso bars, these ones are heated). There’s also a wood-oven bakery dubbed The Princi Bakery, a 22-foot bronze cask roasting coffee beans, an affogato station, and an open-air terrace.”
Science, Tech., & Nature
- JSTOR Daily: Do Artificial Reefs Work? “In many areas, authorities are disposing of old objects at sea to provide fish habitats. To create an artificial reef (AR), a large structure such as a ship is cleaned of toxic materials and dumped at sea. These can be anything from sculpted balls of cement to old subway cars.”
Teaching & Writing
- The Chronicle: How Notre Dame Rethought Its Core Curriculum. “This fall Notre Dame introduced the most noteworthy changes to its core curriculum in more than 40 years, following a lengthy review process. Among other changes, the new core will provide a more cohesive and thoughtful introduction to the liberal arts.”
- The Chronicle: The Insidious Imps of Writing. “Academics must write. Otherwise they don’t pass their grad courses, finish their dissertations, or get jobs, promotions, and raises. But barring us from success are the Imps of Inertia and the Wall of Habitual Self.”
Posts from Roof Beam Reader
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins
Thank you for stopping by and taking part in another SUNDAY SALON. There was much to choose from this week, and I hope I have presented you with a decent selection. I would love to hear your thoughts on any of these or the other things you’ve read this week!
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