I’m starting up my weekly/monthly installment again of the things I find on the interwebs. You can read past lists here.
- First, a shameless plug. My essay, “Gifts from Grandma,” is up at HerStories Voices!
- Andrea Jarrell is one of my favorite Literary Mama contributors; this month she posted about community vs. competition. In addition to my standard reading compilations, this week I’m also at LM discussing a lesser-known product of the Decatur Book Festival. Spoiler alert: it’s hugs (& beer).
- So many excellent podcasts! Since I last covered this topic, I’ve added quite a few. Here are some of my new favorites:
- Longform Podcast: interviews with non-fiction writers. I loved the interviews with Ira Glass, Anna Holmes, Cheryl Strayed, & Anna Sale.
- The Allusionist, a Radiotopia production of “linguistic adventures”
- Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Sporkful with Dan Pashman (who I first heard on The Longest Shortest Time)
- It appears I haven’t mentioned 99% Invisible! Love it, too many great ones to list individually, just dive in starting with the latest.
- I’m going to start sharing some of the podcasts that I know are looking for contributions. Here are a few I heard of this week:
- I’ve been hearing for months from StoryCorps about the Thanksgiving Listen, their big push to get everyone to record and submit stories of their elders over Thanksgiving weekend. There’s much more info on that link, including a PDF guide.
- Lea Thau of the Strangers podcast is looking for stories about how we care for loved ones in our families as they age (which, if you read my essay above, you know is an important topic to me). You can share by recording a story here or emailing your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Gretchen Rubin of the Happier podcast is looking for stories about your experience with her Four Tendencies (if you’ve been following the podcast or read her new book, Better than Before). You can share by emailing email@example.com or calling 774-277-9336 and leaving a voicemail. (Fun fact: I was the nitpicking editor who wrote to tell her she misused “backslash” in Episode 33. She must have mentioned it five times in Ep. 34, and it tickled me to no end. As a word nerd, I have gotten used to being made fun of for picking nits!)
- StoryCorps animated some of their stories: Try “The Saint of Dry Creek,” and if that one doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, “Traffic Stop” surely will.
- The Great British Baking Show started up again on PBS. Another show there I’m enjoying is the new Masterpiece series called Home Fires, a drama about home life in a rural English village during the start of WWII.
- So Mom and the kids would have a yummy treat (and so I could use up some apples), I made Smitten Kitchen’s breakfast apple granola crisp before leaving for Boston on Tuesday, and it was delicious. Modifications I suggest are: cover the dish with foil halfway through, cook it at 350º instead of 400º, and use 1/2 coconut flour.