Friday Fare is where I post links to the random articles that have resonated with me during the week. Sometimes they make me smarter, sometimes they make me hungry … sometimes they have to do with writing and sometimes they are just plain random.
Sorry for being MIA last week. Work has been a little crazy lately and I was in the process of getting ready to go on a west central Minnesota roadtrip.
Here’s what’s good on the Internet:
Kris Kristofferson. This piece by the Rolling Stone was a great read.
I read this article from Outside Online about Kay Grayson, known as “the Bear Lady.” What I liked about this piece was the deep dive the journalist made into this woman’s life and the sense that I couldn’t put this article down when I started reading it. A very compelling piece of work.
Another piece that came out in April from MPR News. A goofy read.
Listening to: I got a chance to take a deep listen to the new Monkees disc while I was on my roadtrip last weekend. And it was really good. Most of the album is posted on YouTube and it’s a solid listen. (In no particular order, my favorite tracks are “Me & Magdalena,” “Birth of an Accidental Hipster,” and the title track “Good Times.”)
Reading: Yeeeeeah … I kinda burned through of almost all of Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston’s “Pendergast” novels. (There are 15, and the latest one has a 16-deep wait list at the library, so it’s probably good for my eyes that I can’t access the last one just now.) And honestly, I learned a lot about pacing from the “Pendergast” books, so I think I’m going to back up and read them again. I also finished Dana Chamblee Carpenter’s “Bohemian Gospel,” a historical mystery that I similarly couldn’t put down. I wasn’t 100% thrilled with the ending, but it was the ending that belonged to the story. I have a sense that this one is going to stay with me for awhile, the story was haunting and the details were just sumptuous.
Fiction Update: One of the best parts about being away for the last weekend was the opportunity to get some uninterrupted time working on “AL.” I didn’t get as far as I wanted, but considering I was in the town that originally inspired the setting for my book, I had a wonderful weekend of soaking in some of the details that I look forward to bringing to life in my story.