I’m watching/streaming a lot less television these days, but I did enjoy Sneaky Pete on Amazon over the summer. (And I’m waiting anxiously for the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!)
Here’s how to sit in a chair. Thank you, NPR!
Thanks to my friend, Libby, and my cousin, Sonia, I finally found a hair contraption that comes close to giving me that blow-out look. It’s basically a brush on the end of hairdryer that you can use with wet hair. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. I’m proud of my handiwork in the second photo below!
Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs is an excellent memoir by Steve Jobs’s eldest child. Their relationship and history was very complicated. As a reader, I appreciated the story she told as well as the writing she used to tell it. I did the audio version and it was so good! I highly recommend reading or listening to this one.
Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam: I’ve been listening to Vanderkam on various podcasts and I like her approach to how we spend our time. In Off the Clock, she forces the reader to face ways in which we have more leisure time than we like to acknowledge and more time to spend with family and friends than we may be ready to admit. How we choose to spend all that extra time is a different matter. Scrolling through Facebook and Instagram adds up to a TON of time. Streaming episode after episode adds up to a ton of time. She makes no judgements, but asks the reader to at least see those activities and the time they take as choices about our time. Many of us have more choices about our time than we like to claim.
I’m simultaneously on book #33, #35, and #36. (#33 is The Dinner List; #35 is The Dreamers, #34 was Small Fry, mentioned above, and #36 is Girl, Wash Your Face.) The full list is always kept up to date here, where I write a few sentences about each one.
Would love to hear what you’re into these days!
When people write to me about their friendship dilemmas, I rarely give the type of black and white answer I provided this time. Why did I tell this month's letter writer that it's time to end the friendship she described? See for yourself and feel free to let her know...read more
I was intrigued when Dr. Beth Ricanati (well, her publicist) approached me about reading an advance copy of Ricanati's memoir, Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs. (She Writes Press) #1. I'm a major challah baking fanatic. I wrote about my own challah baking...read more
It's been a long time since I've had a short story in a literary magazine. Well, last year my story, "The Pleasure of Your Company," was published in Typishly. But a year feels like a long time. I'm happy to report that After the Pause accepted "The Largest Pancakes...read more
How do you deal with the awkwardness of talking to friends about money when some people believe it's an open topic (since so much information is available online anyway) and others believe it's too personal to ask what someone spent? I got an excellent question about...read more