This is a collection of all the things that happened on the Internet this past week that most entertained, educated, and (occasionally) infuriated me. I hope you enjoy/loathe them as much as I did.
On Reading and Writing
This post about how one man’s reading habits have changed with a baby in the house made me think about all the little five-minute intervals in my life that could be filled with reading.
Some people say ebook revenues are declining while others say people are buying more ebooks than ever. The truth may be both and this article does a really good job of explaining why that might be.
Salman Rushdie talks about discipline and writing and, as usual, it makes me feel much more ambitious about writing than I have been able to put into practice.
I once “borrowed” a book from a coworker. Now neither of us work at that company, we don’t keep in touch, and I still have his book. Oops. See other book “borrower” confessions on Book Riot.
Mindy Kaling talks about her new book, her early reading life, and what her book club would look like. I so want to be in her book club!
Speaking of book clubs, Book Riot is starting IRL Read Harder Book Groups. I’m totally going to be at the one in Chicago next week. Are you?
I had never heard of Ayhad Akhtar before, but he had some very interesting things to say about writing and now I want to read his book.
I’ve never read Artemis Fowl, but it’s one of the few books I got my brother to read as a kid and he really enjoyed it. Now Kenneth Branagh is set to direct the film adaptation. Not sure if this means I’m going to read the book, but I’ll definitely be interested to see the movie when it comes out.
I’ve also never read anything by Kafka, but this Book Riot post makes some frighteningly poignant similarities between his absurdist righting and what African Americans are currently going through.
Malala’s Documentary, Overachieving Germans and Food Sustainability
Two German teenagers taught themselves how to code and build a low-cost, eye-controlled wheelchair. I feel so inadequate.
The Onion has a chart that breaks down the differences between Sex Ed and Abstinence-Only Education and I love it.
There’s a video that explains pretty much perfectly how climate change deniers sound to the rest of us.
Monycka Snowbird is a Native American who’s trying to get back to her roots by producing her own food. She’s also raising awareness of poverty and how hard it is for Native Americans just to access food, even if they can afford it. She’s my new hero.
More people talking about mental health! Let’s keep this discussion going because it’s a conversation that needs to be had.
What about you guys? What were some of your (least) favorite things to happen on the Internet this week? I want to hear all about it!
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