You know that feeling you have when you read a great book, or a thought-provoking article, and you feel the need to make your spouse, friends, co-workers, or some stranger on the street read it RIGHT NOW so you can talk about it?
Yeah, me too. That’s sort of what this is about.
I am still trying to make people read Travelling with Pomegranates so we can talk about it. I need to share articles on Facebook so that friends and I can have that same experience. And I need a slow start to my Mondays.
I have a policy that I like to set the bar low on Mondays. It’s best not to go into a Monday with too many expectations. Monday is a beginning – a slow work-up to full-blown productivity and momentum. I wish I was the type to wake up on a Monday, full of energy and bursting to get things started. But often, Mondays are just so… Monday.
So in honor of that slow build to productivity, and as a way for me to make people read what I’ve read, I’m starting a new series: on Mondays, I’m going to be sharing some of the best things I read in the week prior. From recipes I want to try to blog posts I adored to articles I am continuing to think on, I’m going to share them with you on Mondays in a series I call ReadRightNow, because these are things I want everybody to ReadRightNow so we can talk about them. Or at least bond over them subconsciously out in the Internet ether.
(Side note: Remember ethernet? I always thought it should be a cosmic, ethereal network of all our minds and souls. Disappointing when it was just a connection cable.)
ReadRightNow: Monday, July 1, 2013
- Pitting cherries is a colossal pain, and I don’t believe in cherry-pitters (one trick pony tools). But Heaven smiled and Ruth Reichl taught me how to pit cherries using a paper clip.
- I’ve been moonlighting for Food Riot, and this was one of my favorite posts written last week – a meditation on headline writing and Julia Child: how one writer finds links to one of her culinary heroes.
- Sarah Smiley is the author of Dinner with the Smileys: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime, a memoir about hosting dinner parties as a way to get through deployment. It’s going on my to-read list, and you can read about the book in Sarah Smiley’s article on Huffington Post.
- The Good Food Awards are now accepting entries from producers crafting delicious, authentic, and responsible foods. If you or someone you know could be a good fit, send them this link.
- Being a writer involves a juggling act of quiet reflection, nose-to-the-grindstone hard work, and self-promotion. These three often act against one another, which can make a writer stall out or feel defeated. This essay on The Millions takes up the discussion of seclusion, social media, and good writing. Definitely worth reading; I actually read it almost two weeks ago, but I’m still thinking about it.
- Rebecca Makkai has dreamed up the perfect “coffee shop” for writers in “The Coffeeshop You Meet in Heaven.” Who would you pick to massage you after finishing your book in your heavenly coffee shop?
And in the interest of self-promotion, one of my favorite things I wrote last week was this post, “Making Our Menu,” for Food Riot: a meditation on the weekly ritual of making a menu, considering our food, and sharing love.
Check back every Monday for a collection of the best articles, recipes, blog posts, and essays I’ve read in the previous week. And if you’ve read anything great in the past week that you need other people to #READRIGHTNOW, post it in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @danastaves.