Friday Finds: Stuff I’ve Been Reading Online

My absolute favorite online reading this week was Book Riot’s two-part interview with Kendall Hailey (Part I is here). I have reread Hailey’s 1988 memoir, The Day I Became an Autodidact, too many times to count, and it’s not an exaggeration to say she had a profound influence on the trajectory of my life. Reading this interview was like catching up with a very old friend, albeit one who doesn’t exactly know I exist. Please, agents, publishers, get Hailey’s essay collection into print NOW! And also, now I want to reread The Day I Became an Autodidact for the millionth time.

Lisa Papademetriou has been reading the Little House series to her daughter. I just started reading Little House in the Big Woods aloud to the boys last week. I’ve been eating vegan for awhile now, but all that talk of ham and bacon at the beginning of that book makes me hungry. Still not sure what I’m going to do about the racist parts as we get to them, but it will make for some good discussion if nothing else.

I’ve never liked Alice Munro’s stories either.

Lia Keyes shares her writing process and the visual tools she uses to help her writing.

Heather Laine Talley argues that Zelda Fitzgerald wasn’t crazy after all. Although if you’ve read Nancy Milford’s pioneering 1970 biography of Zelda, you probably already knew you should question that diagnosis.

I appreciated first-grade teacher Jenny’s thoughtful post on not meeting her potential as a teacher. Her post resonated with me as a parent as well. I wonder why it’s so difficult to follow through on what you know is best to do.

I’d like to know more about the New Orleans schools Asa Craig cites in his op-ed on the continuing poor quality of schools serving predominantly African-American students. How did they turn things around?

Starr Sackstein explains why it shouldn’t look like 1989 in our classrooms. (The year I graduated from high school.)

If I share this infographic on the importance of 20 minutes of reading daily with my ten-year-old son who is a reluctant reader, will he be inspired to change his ways?

I loved this post from Chris Lehmann on the right way to manage a classroom.

Teri Lesesne highlights a few problems with those ubiquitous reading lists.

Liza Mundy investigates why same-sex marriages are happier than heterosexual ones.

Artist Poto Leifi creates graphic tributes to fallen soldiers inspired by vintage recruiting posters.

If you haven’t seen Kung Fu rooster chasing a gentle cat, you really must. Thanks, Mom, for this cat video.

And a bonus recipe: I have to make these Strawberry Almond Scones really, really soon.

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