1. Isn’t it fabulouso when friends think of you when they’re shopping? My ace friend Sam spotted these boots and texted me with “I’m seeing you in these boots. #sublime” I’m seeing me in those boots. Actually, scratch that. See me in those boots*.
2. The recommendation from the author of this article is “Don’t click on the Franzen think pieces.” Except that one, obvs.
3. Mention of the new Franzen brings me to a convo I had with Jenny this week about buying books (and that we have too many). I know, such a boring topic but nonetheless, one that continues to vex. I’m very close to making some kind of TBR spreadsheet. This is big news because I’m actually allergic to spreadsheets.
4. Furthermore, in my convo with Jenny I flirted with the idea of a year of no book buying. Just putting it out there so that you guys could police me…
5. Last night I had the immense pleasure of hearing Chris Hadfield speak. Sounds corny, but the guy is truly inspirational. His commitment to science education (particularly in primary schools) and the importance of art (for him, music) is exceptional and innovative (a couple of examples he referred to were the tomato seeds in space project and the annual Canadian Music Monday project – here’s Chris’s song, recorded with the Barenaked Ladies – Chris was in space for Music Monday and the BNL were on Earth. Brilliant).
6. And yes, of course he performed this live (and gave the story as to how it came about).
7. I read The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham many years ago with my book group. From memory, the general consensus was that we loved it. There’s a movie coming. Thankfully they’ve kept the rural Australian setting and added a Hemsworth.
8. I’m a bit peeved that Book Week has clashed with National Science Week. There’s only so many events that schools can participate in and both of these are worthy of our full and undivided attention.
9. Want to make me click a link? Use the words ‘Berlin’ and ‘lido’.
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