A Weekend of a Certain Age

via Conversations I had this week: Whether YouTube videos are ruining our children's ability to carry on a normal conversation. (With Tara.) Whether we owe a person in authority respect if we respect the office, but not the person. (With my parents and sister.) Whether the Watergate/Vietnam years felt like this. (With Joe's parents.) Whether bungee jumping and shark cage diving are appropriate responses to existential angst. (With Tara. The answer is a hard NO. Tara disagrees with me, so I'll be waving at her from the sidelines. Then, I assume, I'll be driving her to the hospital.) Whether saying…

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We Got the Beat

Hey now, Homeslice, what are you up to this weekend? It looks like I am going to have Sunday off – as in a whole entire DAY. Remember when I used to take Sundays off? No, neither do I. I’m determined to do it this weekend. It’s been ages since I’ve made the Rosemary Gimlet in that post; it’s time to break out the gin and enjoy the first weekend of fall. Fun fact: my oldest son, the Vegan Hipster, got a record player for his birthday a few years ago. But he almost never uses it. It’s become our favorite…

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Reading People

Have you ever looked at Awesome People Reading? Do yourself a favor and go check it out. Why is it so fascinating to look at people reading? Because we read to know we are not alone. I like to think this is not even a costume John Cleese is wearing. Just maybe how he reads the paper every morning.   Tom Waits reads. And you can piss off.   Before she was a dame, her formal title was Badass Judi Dench.   I can't really explain why I think this photo of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jessica Lange reading is so damn sexy.…

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Books With The F Word

Recently, my husband asked me why I have so many books with the F word in the title. I didn't really have an answer. Because they are funny? Because they are good books? Because I love a good curse word? Fair warning: if you don’t like cursing, just stop reading right now. This post is not for you. I love cursing, and do it a lot. But even I get that this post is excessive. I'll catch you back here on Saturday for some fun links, and you have yourself a nice day. For the rest of you filthy animals: Today I have…

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Do It Afraid

As you read this, I am at a writing conference in Austin, Texas, sucking up knowledge and stealing tacos from a whole bunch of crazy talented authors. This is my second trip to this particular conference, and I am SO excited to see my gang again. We are planning meals and drinks and bookstore visits, and a trip to see the bats, and even karaoke. (Oh, right, like I'm really going to do that one. I'm so sure.) I was not this excited last year. I had been listening to the podcast and reading the books for a long time. Something…

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