Sunday Salon

Sunday Salon (1:9)

RBR Sunday Salon

Volume 1, Issue 9

Another happy autumn Sunday to you all! You may have noticed the lack of a Sunday Salon last week, for which I apologize. It was a crazy week and I didn’t get much time to read for pleasure, so I thought it best to hold back for a week rather than share links to things I hadn’t had a chance to peruse myself, yet.

That said, I’m back with a bang this week! There were so many interesting stories in a variety of topic areas this week (or that I discovered this week, anyway.) I hope you’ll enjoy some of the items below. Let me know what you think! And did I miss anything substantial? Leave it in the comments. 🙂

Blog Posts I Loved

  • Hogglestock: Which Class Would You Take? “There is no place more quietly exciting than a campus bookstore in the fall. After I had exhausted all the regular bookstores in Berkeley I found myself in a few that sold course books. I thought fondly of how much I loved going course book shopping when I was in school.”
  • Brevity: Explaining Pain: How I Wrote “A Murder of Crows.” “The story of the murder came from our eldest son who had attended and then worked as a counselor in a local children’s camp. One of his last summers, perhaps even the last, he came home from the first week with a terrible story.”
  • On Bookes: The Penguin Book of the Undead. “The book, as the subtitle promises us, takes us through 1,500 years of the supernatural beginning with an extract from Homer’s Odyssey: Odysseus in the House of Death, the to Pliny the Younger’s musings on the existence of ghosts from his Letters, and finally for that section an extract from Lucan’s Pharsalia.”
  • In Libris Veritas: Graphic Novel Review: Saga Vol. 7. “I have long maintained that Saga’s strength lay in the story of family and what they are willing to do in order to stay together and protect them. In some ways, this is still true, but I find that 7 volumes in that’s not really enough anymore.”

Literary Miscellany

  • The Paris Review: The Silence of Sexual Assault in Literature. “The hashtag #WhyIDidntReport generated thousands of testimonies about the societal forces that push victims into silence in the aftermath of assault. That silence, unheard by anyone else but shatteringly loud inside one’s head, is an open secret in American life. It is also an open secret in American literature.”
  • Book Riot: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Dives Back into Mystery with Mycroft and Sherlock. “You may know Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as a legendary basketball player. What you may not know is that he’s a huge Holmesian (literally and figuratively) and a fantastic writer. Since leaving the game, Abdul-Jabbar has served as a U.S. cultural ambassador and he’s written extensively and widely.”

History & Politics

  • The New Yorker: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Unlikely Path to the Supreme Court. “Unlike candidates for political office, most sitting Justices have preferred to remain, if not anonymous, largely unknown. The position is unelected, the appointment is for life, and the Justices are not supposed to place themselves in the public eye, for fear of making themselves beholden to public opinion: arguably, the less attention to their personal lives the better.”
  • The Nib: Drag Balls of the Civil War. “Queerness has always existed—even on the Civil War battlefield.”

Culture & Society

  • Ones to Watch: From a Young Wolverine to Cultural Pop Icon: The ‘Bloom’ of Troye Sivan. “If I have ever used the term “bop” unironically and unapologetically, it has been when describing Troye Sivan’s music. The 23-year-old triple threat from Johannesburg, South Africa, albeit groomed by Perth, Australia, is more than a glowing pop superstar; he is changing the very fabric of what pop looks like.”
  • JSTOR Daily: From Samhain to Halloween. “Even if our daily lives have little connection to agricultural seasons, we often celebrate Halloween by decorating our homes with gourds and corn. We carve pumpkins into the image of Jack-o’-Lantern, even if we don’t know his story.”

Science, Tech., & Nature

Teaching & Writing

  • The Chronicle: A Letter to Post-Graduate Student Me. “What your professors expect — more than anything — is for you to want to learn because you’re passionate about a topic, not because you’re passionate about doing well.”
  • EdSurge: Can You Teach Good Writing? “McPhee lays out his course in his latest book, Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, and I was eager to talk to him about his craftsmanship as a teacher. To my surprise, though, he downplayed his impact in the classroom, and even suggested that you can’t really teach the kind of writing that he, in fact, teaches.”

Recent Posts from Roof Beam Reader

  • Nothing new.

Currently Reading

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Good Without God by Greg Epstein

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! (Tell me what I missed!) 


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