Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Links for Thursday

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may by Judy Pollard Smith was an absolutely gorgeous essay. "There is a plethora of print for baby boomers to mull over, about how worldly-wise and wealthy we've become on some counts, about how many toys we've collected, about how we strive to improve upon medical solutions to halt the aging process./ But where, oh where, is the stuff of import? Where is the reading material that tells us that we don't have to keep on dieting and jogging like maniacs, that it's okay to let ourselves grow older with élan, with hope, with our friends and families, with happy hearts, with grace? Where is The Wife Of Bath when we need her?" I sent it to my mom.

On books which have opened our eyes to feminism. I love that one is broad-minded enough to include Joan Didion. For me? Three Guineas, The Edible Woman, Just as I Thought by Grace Paley. I'll think of others, I'm sure. (Yes. Fear of Flying was tremendously important during a rather bizarre period in my life, no matter how cliched and out-of-date that reads). Though of course the books that really formed my conciousness included The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger, and The Real Me by Betty Miles. Much later on came Bust Magazine, which changed my life, I think. Though I'm older/younger than that now.

Some audio links: I listen to online radio at work. Like everyone else, I adore This American Life. And for the last week and a half I've been enjoying BBC Radio 1's Legend Shows, by Paul McCartney, Debbie Harry, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller etc. Very cool, and you can always listen again.

And if all else fails, you can look up "fruit" on wikipedia.