Monday Jamboree: Apologies, Bon Iver, and Gay Rights

Hi everyone. First off, I want to apologize for not posting a Friday Jamboree last week. I’ll be honest, but I can’t promise that you haven’t heard this excuse before: I was busy. Maybe working two jobs is finally taking a toll on me. Anyway, this week I interviewed the ticket agents and crew members at the Rhode Island Fast Ferry for a features story that will go through the NorthEast and the South County Independent on Thursday. I spent all weekend sifting through my notes, transcribing interviews, and, of course, writing the story itself. I finally submitted it this morning to my editors. Besides that, this week has been busy because I’ve worked at Subway four nights out of the week, eaten hibachi on a double date, and become totally immersed in a thriller novel.

To reward you for waiting longer than usual for your weekly links, I’ve compiled a list of double the amount you usually see. That means 20 links waiting for your perusal! Hope you like!

  • Massimo Bartolini build an open-air library in the vineyard at St. Peter’s Abbey. Featured above. I think it’s fascinating!
  • I love these his + her sharpie mugs. I’ve never been into arts-and-crafts, but this seems simple enough! Besides, I follow enough DIY blogs to at least start, right?
  • Gala wrote about 100 Things to Do Instead of Procrastinating on the Internet. I actually wrote all these down in my Filofax, and will be crossing them off soon enough! Join me?
  • Did you watch the season finale of Girls? If so, you should read what critics have to say about it. I myself was a calm sort of frustrated, which was warranted, I think. So excited to host a Girlsathon with my best friend when she gets back from Boston!
  • Your grandma liked kittens before liking kittens was popular.
  • Apparently, it’s not okay to say the word “vagina,” even when discussing serious matters such as abortions, and it’s not okay to say “vas deferens,” even when trying to legalize condoms and vasectomies. At least, not in front of the U.S. House of Representatives. Caragh Poh writes an open letter to the man who banned these words from the House floor, Majority Floor Leader James “Jase” Bolger. Here’s an excerpt:
    Vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina…
  • Remember that great novel I mentioned before? It’s called Before I Go to Sleep and it’s by S.J. Watson. It’s classified as an “amnesiac thriller” and is the author’s debut novel. I literally could not put it down… so you should pick it up!
  • Speaking of books, Gary Gutting writes about reading and guilty pleasures. What makes a book good for you, or bad for you? What makes a book a classic? What makes one opinion better than another? Good, probing questions from this philosophy professor.
  • Look! Ring pop art!
  • Have you thanked your partner today? Studies show that gratitude improves relationships, but we know that already, right? Say thank you to your special one for all that he or she’s done for you, or just for holding the door open for you.
  • Oh, I’m so, so, so excited for Bon Iver’s concert at PPAC on September 12! Everyone should come!
  • I saw Prometheus last week with Kyle. I think we felt the same way afterwards. We weren’t yearning for more, although there will obviously be a sequel. It was a sci-fi, which was cool, but none of our questions were answered. No new questions were really asked, either. Instead, we were inundated with extremely gross imagery of aliens and intestines. After watching the main character poke herself with drugs as a machine cuts her open for a C-section, I was pretty much done.
  • Almie Rose writes about shit that she is so into right now. I agree with almost all of these.
  • The Good Greatsby was recently freshly pressed on WordPress. I cannot express the amount of love I have now for this blog. It’s quite frankly amazing. Here, read this post. Making Ourselves at Home at Your Home.
  • How I Use my Youth to Win Big Business. Times are a-changing! Such a good read.
  • You can already tell I’m obsessed with Op-Ed pieces. David Blankenhorn writes about how his view on gay marriage changed.
  • Mrs. Doubtfire as a horror movie? Scary stuff.
  • Don’t burn out because of all the work you’re doing. Make time for you.
  • Watch Alex Mallis open the many love letters he received as a kid in The Last Colorful Note, a 5-minute short.
  • And lastly, this year-old article about how to be a journalist in 2011 still resonates with me. Maybe someone will write How to Be a Journalist in 2014, because that’s when I graduate.

That’s all! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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3 comments

  1. Anonymous · · Reply

    The Good Greatsby…very very funny! Will read more of him. But all I want is THAT HOUSE ON HIS 6/22 POST PAGE! Just one room – I’m not asking for much. Reminds me of the Hamptons house in “Something’s Gotta Give”. Where do you find these links?? Have printed out Gala’s 100 things – really, just what I needed.

    1. Anonymous · · Reply

      Well, it’s from me, Aunt Kakie.

    2. Anonymous · · Reply

      Hi Aunt Kakie! I follow some of these blogs on Google Reader, or in my WordPress Reader, or I find links on Twitter from news publications, etc. Big list to check every week!

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