What I have been reading…

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So, it is obvious that I am terrible at blogging (as was evidenced by the fact that I had a pending comment from March when I logged into my account today). BUT, I am going to try to get back into doing this however I can.

One idea that I have is to post interesting articles/books/etc. that I have read in the last week. This should be beneficial in a few ways: it will keep me posting regularly, it will keep me reading regularly and it will lead to me sharing fun stuff with anyone who might be reading. So here we gooooo:

ARTICLES:

“Young, Privileged and Applying for Food Stamps” by Karina Briski

  • Why?: Clearly I am highly simpatico with this girl. As a fellow sociology major with middle class roots who had major struggles on the path to securing gainful employment, I can totally relate and see the relevance of this article. Plus, I am a bleeding heart liberal who thinks the government should help everyone who is struggling, so what can I say?
  • How long will it take to read?: 10 minutes or less. Although you might be tempted to stay on The Billfold‘s site a bit longer because it is kind of amazing.

Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” by Anne-Marie Slaughter

  • Why?: Well this is the article everyone is talking about…after being bombarded by it at my office, on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show (see above: bleeding heart liberal), etc. I decided it was time to read. Can I talk for a second about the full range of emotion I experienced when reading this article? I felt happy, depressed, angry, confused…this article hit me hard because it validated a lot of the fears I have been having about the future. I won’t delve too far into my personal issues here, but this is certainly a must read for all women (and probably all men, too).
  • How long will it take to read?: Depends on how fast you read, but probably safe to set aside 20 min-half hour for this one. Totally worth it though.

In Praise of Downtime” by Ellen Ruppel Shell

  • Why?: A good follow-up piece to the above. Just another little push to think about the way we work. A good quote from the article: “We keep a large percentage of the working population idle, because we can dispense with their labor by making the others overwork.” #thinkaboutthat
  • How long will it take to read?”: Less than 5 minutes. Might take a few minutes longer to think about, though!

The Afterlife of Cheap Clothes” by Elizabeth L. Cline

  • Why?: Because like everyone else, I am in the habit of buying WAY too much stuff, especially clothing. This article is a brief glimpse into her larger work: Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, and really illuminates the problem with clothing waste. This article has made me think a lot about what to buy and how to get rid of items when I am done with them.
  • How long will it take to read?: Less than 10 minutes. Save an extra 10 for scouring the internet for a better way to dispose of clothing you don’t want anymore (and send me ideas….I am very interested in a nonprofit that distributes clothes in 3rd world countries, if anyone knows of one).

BOOKS:

Okay, this is a cheater category…I read both of these books while I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, but I would still highly recommend!

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (loved reading it after seeing the movie. I read the whole thing in one day. It is definitely that kind of book! Can’t wait for the next one.)
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey (totally indulgent, but as a lover of Tina Fey, this was completely what I expected from her.)

LISTENING:

As a person who is constantly running around like crazy, I can’t always fit everything I want to do into my week. This morning, while feeling guilty about not making it to church for another week, I listened to last week’s sermon from a local church. Great discussion of hope and Christianity, for anyone who might be interested: Where Do We Find Our Hope? by Jacob Smith

Alright, that is it for now! Send me any recommendations you have for some good reading and enjoy the last few hours of the weekend!

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About lifeofadabbler

I am a recent alum of George Washington University with a BA in Sociology. I love to bake, organize and craft. I love to dance and do yoga and pilates (if only I could afford them...). I like things that are a little messy (but not dirty!) because I think it adds character. Oh yeah, I also hate onions.

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