Hi-Five Friday: “I’ve got strep” edition

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So this week has not gone as planned. My eldest came down with strep and … you can guess the rest.

Well don’t cry for me, Argentina. I’ve got some groovy links to see me through.

And now you do too!

1). Hilarious mash-up poster, combining the upcoming Star Wars movie with Little Miss Sunshine. 

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Cover of Little Miss Sunshine [Blu-ray]

2). Imagine this!!! Female superheroes…wearing all their clothes!

3). Incredible old photographs of New York City. The dead guys at the bottom of the elevator shaft are worth the click alone!

4). What is The Shining really about? A new documentary surveys several theories, including one that paints the movie as Kubrick’s Holocaust film. Cool read. Can’t wait to see the doc.

Kubrick's film was the second to make notably ...

Kubrick’s film was the second to make notably innovative use of the Steadicam, which can track motion smoothly without a dolly track. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5). Why conservatives hate college. It’s not John Belushi. It’s apparently Populism abusing the world again.

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John Belushi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BONUS LINK). I’m not above breaking my own rules. I came across this incredibly sweet tribute to the late, great Roger Ebert and had to share it as well. What a guy.

I’d love to continue the conversation, so please comment and share!

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Hi-Five Friday, Philip Roth Edition

Comic face made by author, Philip Roth, while standing near Jewish center and Hebrew school he probably attended as a boy.  (Photo by Bob Peterson//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Ok, so this photo isn’t technically of a high-five, but hey! I met the man himself this week, so give me a break alright?

This incredible experience will be the subject of my next full post, but in the meantime, take a look at these articles and let me know what you think! Have a great weekend.

1). The New Yorker’s Re-Cap of Roth’s Birtday Bash.

I still can’t believe I was there. It feels like a dream.

2). Goodbye Newark, The Place Roth Never Left.

The New York Times’ account of the bash.

3). “Give Him Your Lips.”

From the fabulous website How to Be a Retronaught, an incredible visual collection of our society’s craziness. Must be seen to be believed. Oddly appropriate for the Roth edition, I think…

4). Article about Urban Hipsters (Con).

5). Article about Urban Hipsters (Pro).

Next up: My first-hand account of a historical moment: Roth’s 80th birthday!

Happy reading.

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Hi-Five Friday, Ides of March Edition

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Hello again, sports fans.

Here’s your weekend reading.

1). “The Myth of the ‘Simple Reading of Scripture’” – TE Hanna.

An argument for challenging yourself as a reader. As an English teacher, I say yes.

2). “Danger of Secondhand Laptop Browsing” – Inside Higher Ed.

Very brief summary of a study that calls the technopia into question. Beware students. I’m coming for your laptops.

3). “Spider-Man Turns 50” – David Brothers

I’ve loved Spider-Man since I was a kid and this explains exactly why. A must read.

4). “The Delicate Architecture of Water Droplets” – Yohani Kamarudin

An incredibly beautiful photo essay that will take your breath away.

5). “Why Do People Use Nope Even Though No is Shorter?” – Marc Ettlinger

A fascinating explanation of our complex, beautiful minds. Do I believe this? Yup.

Please read, enjoy, and share your thoughts! 

Hi-Five Friday


March 8, 2013

I’ve decided to try out a new weekly feature. A list of five examples of internet awesomeness that comes across my RSS feed each week. I got the idea from Derek Ouellette at Covenant of Love and decided to adapt it myself. If you have anything you think I should post, send it along! Enjoy!

In no particular order…

Flannery O’Connor, Faith, and a Wooden Leg” – Kathleen Nielson

Having just taught O’Connor to a group of neophytes (from Georgia no less!), I just had to keep it rolling.

Why I Write For Free” – Stephanie Lucianovic

The pleasure and pain of writing just to write. A must for any blogger out there.

The 30 Best Places to Be if You Love Books” – Tanner Ringerud

A detailed description of my next 30 vacation destinations!

Imagine Sisyphus Happy: How Camus Helps Fay Weldon Keep on Writing” – Joe Fassler

This is a short, yet powerful manifesto about why the writer’s struggles are worth it.

Mumford and Sons, God, and the New Sincerity” – Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

An excellent and thought-provoking analysis of people taking themselves seriously at last. I have some qualms with the author’s under-thinking the term “sincerity,” but found the piece provocative.

If you get the time to read any of these, please let me know what you think. The point is JUST READ!