Friday Fare is my “best of” when it comes to Internet links that I’ve read this week. Here are the articles that caught my attention and maybe made me a smarter person this week:
I have yet to get on the Sara Paretsky bandwagon (which is kind of pathetic … she lives in Chicago, is a member of Mystery Writers of America – Midwest chapter, and is the mother behind the Sisters in Crime organization). But for the reasons I’ve parenthesized and because of this article, I’m looking forward to getting caught up in her backlog of V.I. Warshawski books.
I have a lot of love for Dave Grohl. My high school gym teacher had posted this on his Facebook wall – it’s worth the eight minutes of your life.
So – who didn’t read the New York Times’ account of Amazon’s cutthroat / “bruising” work environment? (My parents don’t count …) Since then, I’ve read that the government is wading into the fray (that oughta be good …) and then I read this piece from Forbes where the writer says: “Journalists enjoy the right to be selective, conducting long interviews and then using only short segments in an article. They enjoy the right to interview wide ranges of people and then to build the final story around a small subset.” That line resonated with me because of my former career as a journalist – the challenge to take all of that information and drill it down to something publishable, accurate, and palatable … it was a challenge that I relished. But it’s also a good warning to take everything that you read in the media with a salt shaker … you never know what ends up on the cutting room floor.
Finally, I recently wrote about how much I loved the movie “Real Genius.” This time around, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of “The Usual Suspects.” There are not enough words for me to accurately describe how that movie made my mind explode the first time I saw it. Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, the late and amazing Pete Postlethwaithe … every member of that cast was just so spot on in their roles. It is funny to hear the director’s memories of the movie and to read the reviews – some scathing – that were published 20 years ago.
Listening to: John Prine and Bonnie Raitt’s duet of “Angel of Montgomery.” Discovered a new band last weekend – Lucius. Right now as I’m writing, I needed some Ray LaMontagne.
Reading: I reserved “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Bibliography” by Laura Ingalls Wilder at my local library and picked it up the other night. I’m only through the acknowledgements and the introductory chapter, but I’m really enjoying the book. Because I grew up in the Midwest – my entire first grade class was raised on this stuff.
Fiction Update: I made a read through the story that I call “Dragonfly.” I’m hoping to take some time this weekend to sketch out an outline of what I have written (the story’s basically there – just need to string some lines between the tent poles.) I have another idea that recently crawled into my head space, but I’ve just been jotting down notes on that, going to let it marinate for awhile before I commit to paper. (PS – Have I ever told you that I love this writing life?)
Happy Friday, friends!