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Here we are, at the last Slow Sunday Jam for 2013. I have to say, I really enjoy the weekly ritual of collecting the things I’ve enjoyed reading during a particular week and sharing them with you, and hearing your responses to them.
Like last week’s installment, this week is a bit scattered. I had a great many holiday-themed articles that I enjoyed, but now that Christmas has passed, and we are looking toward a new year, it seems best to let the Slow Sunday Jam move right along with that flow.
So here’s this week’s jumbled grab-bag of articles I enjoyed. Here’s to a new year full of good reading and discussion!
Slow Sunday Jam
- Last weekend, I opened up a Google search engine, only to find that the Google Doodle for that day was a crossword puzzle. Indeed, it was the first crossword puzzle ever published, and I was hooked. I completely forgot what I intended to search for, and I only had to cheat four or five times on particularly dated or jargon-heavy clues. This was all done in honor of the first crossword puzzle, published in 1913. And here’s a bit more about that.
- My fellow writers will feel me on this one: Nina Gaby, guest blogger for Brevity, mapped out the road to the lyrical essay. Indeed, I’ll say this is a map to any finished work of writing. For some reason, most books about writing don’t mention the playlists, the Facebook, the mugs of coffee, the false starts and subsequent restarts; this is a major gap in our discussion of writing-about-writing, and Nina Gaby gives us a long-awaited sense of solidarity.
- The next time you have a hard day, here are a few uplifting quotes from Mister Rogers. You also might find it comforting to lace up your shoes, put on a sweaters, take a walk, and then come home, change sweaters, and unlace your shoes before changing to slippers. Rituals are good. So are these quotes.
- Book Riot is running some old favorites published this year, and this morning, I stumbled on this gem: after the giant gasp of horror from the Internet over James Franco appearing on the cover of As I Lay Dying, Rioter Minh called for all books to feature James Franco on the cover. Here’s what that world would look like. I do have to wonder what it would do for sales.
- I have a running joke with my friend Heather: while I deal with stress by over-eating, or making myself too sick to eat, Heather sleeps. In the face of stress, Heather needs a nap. And now, there’s a scientific explanation of why she (and a whole host of other people) meet conflict with sleep. A fascinating read about how our bodies respond to stress and sleep.
- Architect Macy Miller lost her home to foreclosure after her divorce, and after that, she wanted to downsize, so through the help of books, YouTube, and determination, she built a house that’s less than 200 square feet, and cost $11,000. And it looks super adorable.