Greetings and welcome to the Blue Moon Edition of You Are What You Read. For those keeping score, the Blue Moon is not really depressed or even colored blue, rather it is a rare thing in that it is the second full moon of the month. Celebrate People. Celebrate!
In Animals Run Amok News it has been discovered that at least two man-eating crocodiles have been found in the Florida Everglades. This species is native to the African Nile and can grow to 20 feet long. Their dietary habits not only include men but also cows and perhaps our own American crocodile. No one is quite sure how they landed on these shores, but no one is happy to have them there because of the threat they pose to the fragile Everglades ecosystem. Anyway, you can read about that on Buzzfeed.
I am back from Chicago, aka The Windy City where it was, indeed, windy. Windy and as wet and cold as s dog’s nose. But no matter! Get excited for the upcoming year. There is a lot of Book Goodness coming your way. Next week I will tell you all about a book that has knocked Eligible off the top spot on Jen’s Favorite of 2016 list. Get excited.
Have you all heard about what is going down on Canal and Varick Street near the Holland Tunnel? It all started when ad agency put some Post-Its on a window and spelled out ‘Hello’ to their neighbors across the street. The neighbors responded with ‘S’Up?’ And that, People was the beginning of what is being called The Post-It War. From such humble and probably yellow colored beginnings, it has evolved to the creation of many masterpieces made from all colors of Post-Its. Apparently this area of Manhattan is lousy with Ad Agencies and this has proven to be a nice outlet for some excessive creative energy. There have been tributes to Prince, Spiderman sightings, Keith Waring riffs and messages like “Cuervo, No Chaser’. Because, they’re ad men after all. Of course, 3M, the maker of Post-It Notes has jumped gleefully in to the fray and has sent along boxes and boxes of many colored Post-Its in varying sizes to the two buildings. Who knows how long it will go on and where it will end, but you all know this is the sort of thing I really kind of love. For those of you on Twitter, you can keep a real time watch by following the hashtags CanalNotes or PostItWar. I think the real winner here will not be the warring factions, but the poor soul responsible for ordering the office supplies. They have a bright future of gainful employment ahead of them keeping that closet stocked. You can read about it at the New York Times should you wish.
This week we have some Brahmans, a wedding, apples and two besties.
Playlist? In a sticky situation, we’ve got you covered!
Let us begin!
You Are What You Read
J-Rae is BACK!!! She can be found welcoming people at the Welcome Desk being her very cool self. This week she has just finished up a big staff favorite. “I'm sure I'm late to the game with this one, but I knew it would be good when Barbara Monin called me lucky because it was my first time reading. The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan did make me feel lucky indeed. Starting at the end of the 19th century of India, it begins by following the ceremonies and traditions for a newly eligible 10 year old Brahman bride, Sivakami. Early on in the book, however, an unthinkable tragedy that seems to come directly from the Gods strikes at the beginnings of the family. Though Sivakami's caste at the time does not usually permit agency for a young woman, but readers root her and the many generations after her on to success. This book details traditions, customs, and perspectives I was always curious about, but never knew where to look for. For the reader who wants to learn, is hungry for a fascinating journey, and loves great writing, this book is a must read. “
Miss Lisa from the CL is reading Adult this week and here’s what she thinks. “Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride is the latest graphic novel by Lucy Knisley. Something New delves into the nitty-gritty of her wedding, from start to finish, with chapters including 'My Feminist Party,' 'Fancy Lady: 101,' and 'Money, Money, Money' in her beautifully inked, personal, and precise style. Knisley includes wonderful little asides about the origins of different traditions and flowcharts to guide decision-making. She treats the whole process with brutal honesty from her relationship with her mom and her thoughts on dieting before the wedding, to the wedding and its buildup. If you’re soon getting married, attending a lot of weddings this summer, or are already married and just want to hear more about the process from a brilliant comic artist, grab a copy!”
This week I have had to drive due to no fault of my own. (Thanks for nothing Metro-North) WYNC is having its pledge week so that’s not helping the 2 hours I get to spend in my clown car to go 24 miles door-to-door as I stare into the car windows of my fellow commuters and wonder just how in God’s name do people do this day after soul sucking day. To pass the time and prevent self-harm or murder, it never hurts to have an audio book at ones side. I finished the amazing News from Heaven and was casting about for a new one when my eye fell upon At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier. Told by alternating narrators, a device that I love in an audio book, the story begins with the story of James and Sadie Goodenough who leave the comforts of Connecticut in 1838 and literally settle in northwestern Ohio at a site picked because their wagon can go no further in a sea of mud. The rules of homesteading state that they must maintain an orchard of 50 trees on their claim or else lose it entirely. Both of the Goodenough’s love the orchard but Sadie loves it for the applejack they produce from the fruit, while James loves it for the comforting nostalgia the fruit provides. This is not going to end pretty. I’ll be relieved when trains get back to normal next week but I’ll still look forward to checking in with Drunken Sadie and Sad James."
Steph can also be found in a car this week. Here’s what she’s doing to stay sane. “While you’re waiting for Hamilton tickets to become affordable, you can still get your Lin-Manuel Miranda fix, as I did this weekend. In 2013, he recorded the audiobook for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Saenz, which is just a delight. This award-winning story follows two older teenage boys, Aristotle and Dante, as they become best friends and fumble their way through the most awkward phase of life. Their friendship is so sweet and Saenz explores the complexity of male friendship; as well as what happens when it could become something more and what it means to really know who you are. He does a great job of reflecting the reality of the bad choices and consequences of adolescence without pandering or glamorizing. My very boring drive just flew by, thanks to Lin’s theatrical reading, and I almost needed to pull over to cry a bit at the end. As long as you don’t mind a little smooching between friends, this could be a great book for your college road trip with a sulky teenager.”
Here’s DJ Jazzy Patty McC from That State Up North with the final musings and of course, The Playlist. What’s good Pats? This week I’ve curated a Post-It sized playlist. My message is also Post-It sized: Find Your Joy!! I’m off to enjoy a couple of bands in town this weekend, Speedy Ortiz and Yeasayer. This is my Joy. I invite you to get out and find yours.