Greetings and Welcome to the Peak of the Leaf Peek Edition of You Are What You Read. According to the Yankee Foliage Guide (yes, this is a Thing) we are at Peak this weekend. So get out there on Saturday and enjoy them before Sunday’s rain knocks them off the trees for you all to rake up next weekend and at least 3 weekends after that. Our Housekeeping this week is as follows: There were no Offerings at all this week and our pants thank you. In Animals Run Amok News there was a Moose on the Loose in Wasilla, Alaska yesterday. This Moose felt the need to try to enter a Safeway grocery store but was thwarted by a store employee who blocked entry. The full details and film can be found here. Mary Lee Shark is still hanging off the Jersey Shore doing whatever it is that she does. And really? Mary Lee is free to do whatever she wants, except maybe walking into a Safeway. I don’t think she can do that. Yup pretty positive that’s not going down.
The Word from The SoNo Loft is Listen to Your Future Self, which is fitting considering all the attention that was paid to Back to the Future Day on Wednesday. For those living under rocks who may have missed it, October 21, 2015 was the day that the movie Back to the Future Part II was released 30 years ago (*gasp*) focused its attention on. The movie got a lot of stuff right. The whole nostalgia for the 80’s, drones, video conferencing, voice activated appliances. They also got some stuff wrong for which we should be thankful. Have you watched that movie lately? The Fashion is cringe worthy. And, of course, the poor Chicago Cubs have failed yet again. What would I tell my Past Self from the view here? Well, I would tell her to enjoy the babies more, they vanish in the blink of an eye. Yes, you need to floss. Put down and walk away from the cigarettes. Go and visit your Mom and Dad and really talk to them. Please for the love of all that is holy do not perm your hair. Blue eyeshadow is a big big mistake. Sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat are really your best friends. Love more and worry less. Say yes more and say no more prudently. The thing that makes me wistful is that from here on out we are living past the future of Back to the Future. And I don’t think I am alone in feeling the nostalgia that Fall can provoke. Happy Weekend People! Go forth and embrace the future.
This week we have some fashion, a myth, and an opening window.
The Playlist? Our forward thinking selves would never let you down in that regard!
Let us begin!
Sweet Ann is listening this week to I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with A Twist by Betty Halbreich and Rebecca Paley. “I listened to this memoir which is read by the actress Jane Curtin. It is the story, written at the time that then eighty-six year old Betty was still, (and perhaps still is) a personal shopper at the exclusive Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. The memoir includes many stories of fashion and celebrity. The most poignant celebrity story she shares was her relationship with Joan Rivers. She said she was one of the nicest, most generous women she ever worked with. There is much about fashion in this memoir but you also learn about Betty's very lonely childhood and how her clothes growing up almost became her companions. I am not a person necessarily into fashion, but I found Betty's life and stories quite fascinating.”
Lisa our Fellow from the CL is checking in this week. “I just read A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond. It’s a modern retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice that takes place in Northern England in the last few weeks of high school. It’s very lyrical and mysterious, Orpheus really could be a wandering son of a god and a muse, or he could be a handsome bum. The wild joy of being young is beautifully told and its mythical qualities give it roots. It made me research both the original myth and Almond’s ideas behind the novel. All in all, a wonderful way to tickle your brain.
The Always Delightful Pat S is reading a book that I must say I am finding surprisingly endearing, A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan. “This is a charming and touching tale about the delicate balancing act that constitutes ‘having it all’. Alice Pearse is a late thirties/early forties married mother of three enjoying a part time job in publishing in NYC and her life as a suburban soccer mom. Yet when Alice’s husband Nicholas finds out he didn’t make partner at his white shoe law firm and decides to set up a practice on his own, Alice’s life changes abruptly. Returning to the workforce fulltime, Alice finds what she believes will be a dream job for a new concept start-up Scroll, (think Amazon) whose mission is to re-invent reading. Egan’s’ description of life at a startup is funny and clever with its’ silly jargon and outsized employee expectations. Just when she thought she was getting the hang of things, Alice finds out that her fathers’ cancer has returned. Egan is as keen in her descriptions of children and domestic life as she is in her parody of the modern workplace, but her real gift is her snapshot of that moment in time when one is being pulled every which way by the demands of life and loved ones. This is a quick, enjoyable read that everyone can relate to.
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from That State Up North with her final musings and, of course, our The Playlist. What’s good Pats? “If someone had told me when I was 21 years old that my future self would return to Michigan and would raise children and live in a suburb of Detroit, I would have told them that they were crazy. Nope. Never gonna happen and yet, this is exactly where I am now. We never listen to our future selves because we need to experience things before we trust in that truth. This week The Loft encourages us to listen to our future selves. Without a time machine, I’m not sure how that can happen but you can always listen to some tunes about our future selves or this piece from NPR about predicting the future.”