It's the Not Enough Clorox Wipes in the World Edition
Greetings and welcome to the Not Enough Clorox Wipes in the World Edition of You Are What You Read.
The State of the Underpass for the week ending September 1st is as follows: Filth laden, half a skeletal pigeon, and one bag of trash. Thank you for your time.
This Tuesday’s Full Moon is known as either the Full Corn Moon or the Full Barley Moon. Pick your preferred grain People. And yes, corn can either be a grain, a vegetable, or a fruit. Think of it as The Three Faces of Corn. Now is the time to start harvesting those things and the moon is here to help you out with that. You can read more about it on The Farmer’s Almanac should that amuse.
People! Attention please! We will be closed on Monday with regular hours the rest of the weekend. Thank you.
Looking for something to do next weekend? Maybe something that involves a shortish road trip, a bike, and a clothing optional clause? No worries! I have you covered. Or not as the case may be.
On Saturday September 9th it is the 9th Annual Philly Naked Bike Ride. That’s right! The city that brought us The Liberty Bell, Rocky, Cheese-steak sandwiches, and Dumpster Swimming is now going to be famous for something else. Participants wear as much or as little as they wish in order to advocate for cycling, transportation alternatives and positive body image. Organizers advise that having SOME clothing on hand in case a stop is needed is a good idea. Other helpful hints include wrapping the bike seats for those forgoing bike shorts, and if you are renting one of the city’s bikes from Indego, the bike share program, they strongly encourage it.
The shenanigans begin at 3:30 p.m. with the Pre-Ride fun and games which can include body painting, the purchasing of water (Hydration! So important naked or clothed), and some form of swag. I think we can safely assume it won't be a t-shirt.
You don’t need to register if you just want to ride, but if you want to document your Very Special Bike Ride on camera you will.
So if you want to join 2,000-4,000 folk who are participating you can get the 411 on that here. And if you do, let us know how it went. Here’s hoping it’s not as chilly as today was!
This week we have a dead cat and some Prairie Fires.
Holiday weekend People. What can I say?
Let us begin!
Kaitlin from the Rock is here! “Helloooo! I just finished reading The Good Luck of Right Now, by Matthew Quick. (He is also the author of The Silver Linings Playbook). It's about Bartholomew Neil, a 38-year old man whose tiny world is turned upside down when his mother dies. Bartholomew's mother loved Richard Gere, and, since she started calling her son "Richard" in her final days, Bartholomew believes he shares a connection with the actor. The story is told through a series of letters he writes to Richard Gere. Through his letters, Bartholomew tells Richard about his alcoholic priest who moved in after Bartholomew's mother died, Max, his partner in group therapy (who is completely obsessed with his dead cat), and the "Girlbrarian" he has a crush on. Bartholomew's small goal of being able to get a drink with a friend in a bar evolves into an epic quest with his new band of misfit friends to find his biological father. Overall, I found it to be a quirky, uplifting read!”
I just finished a book I am so excited to have you all read. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser. Sure, you think you know the story of Laura and Mary and all the denizens of The Little House on the Prairie, but Caroline Fraser will blow the lid off that pot of delusion pretty quickly. As the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books she has been immersed in all things Little House and is ready to share. Wilder's life and times were more harrowing that we ever knew and this is a fascinating look at a woman who lived during the tumultuous times that have shaped the America we are living in now. This one comes out in November."