Thursday, January 18, 2024

Some Annotated Reading January 18

In addition to Ms. Demeanor, I also read Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March during my retreat week. This is not the first historical mystery set in India that I've read. Apparently, I'm drawn to them. I also read some short stories by Kelly Link in her book, Get in Trouble. I have enjoyed Kelly Link's short stories in the past, but after reading three or four of these I felt they might be enjoyed better one at a time, now and then.

While I'm on retreat, I often research and read about people I hear about in newspapers or magazines there. Last year, for instance, I read some rather grim, but fascinating, things about mid-century Stowe. This year I read about the Lepine Sisters, who developed some national fame in their day. Also, I saw something about pirates on Lake Champlain, so I had to read about that.

More recently I read A Wicked Stepmother With Empty Nest Syndrome Is Left Wondering, Now What? | by Danielle Martinetti | Slackjaw | Medium

The Birth of My Daughter, The Death of My Marriage by Leslie Jamison in The New Yorker was an odd thing for me to read, because I don't lean toward what you might call depressing memoir. But, man, the title was such a hook. I couldn't look away.

Julia Child Was a Champion for Reproductive Rights, Carrie Mullins interviewing Helen Rosner at Electric Lit was one of three articles I read about Julia Child this past week. It appears that I have developed a mild obsession with her. Yes, I recently finished the second and final season of Julia on Max.

Redefining What Makes a 'Relationship' in Our 70s by Elinor Lipman at AARP. Yes, I am someone who goes 'eh, AARP.' But this is an absolutely charming piece, and it appears that I'm also developing an obsession with Elinor Lipman.

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