September 17, 2010

what i learned this week:

  • Beets are a wonderfully wonderful food, and the fact that it took me twenty-three years to try them and figure this out is nothing short of an absolute tragedy.
  • The new Sara Bareilles cd is, well, phenomenal. 
  • Stories written in the second person can touch you in a different, more gut-wrenching way than you'd ever expect. {See: Lorrie Moore's "How To Speak To Your Mother" and Bonnie Jo Campbell's "The Solutions to Brian's Problem." Disclaimer: these pieces are seriously intense.}
  • If you watch Oprah's season premiere, you will cry.
  • If you watch just about any episode of Friday Night Lights, you will cry.
  • The Book Cellar is the most wonderful bookstore in the world... or, at least, in Chicago.
  • And, okay, I definitely already knew this--but this week I was reawakened to the fact that Meg seriously has a way with words. I mean, seriously.
What things did you learn this week? 

(Photo: grace oda)


Heidiopia said... [Reply to comment]

I do these every Friday on my blog :)... sounds like it's been a good and enlightening week!

Alyssa said... [Reply to comment]

Beets are the best! i had an amazing juice with beets, carrot, orange and passionfruit. it was WOW.

so excited about oprah coming to Australia! Hopefully i get a ticket to her show at the Opera House!

Caitie said... [Reply to comment]

I lovve Lorrie Moore! "How to be an Other Woman" is a must-read. Delightfully cheeky, yet very human and real.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said... [Reply to comment]

you know i never liked beets... but i havn't tried one in years... i should give it another go!

wilybrunette said... [Reply to comment]

oh man. you are way, way too kind.
and so glad to know that about sara's cd because while i love the single i wasn't sure if i should get the whole thing. i think you've convinced me. and i can't wait to read the two pieces you've listed.

again, thanks for the massive compliment--it means so much.


Oh, My Darling said... [Reply to comment]

I experienced a similar situation with beets -- I think that my mom's canned beets just weren't my style when I was little, but a nice roasted beet nowadays is a treat!

Portia said... [Reply to comment]

Lorrie Moore is fantastic— "How to Become a Writer" just strikes a chord with me. Stories told in second person have always been some of my favourites—you should read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "The Thing Around Your Neck."

Carissa said... [Reply to comment]

I've never tried beets but maybe I should! I recently discovered a love for tomatoes and avocados that I never knew before, so perhaps beets would pleasantly surprise me as well!

and yes, sara's new CD is AMAZING! I'm going to her concert in LA on the 28th and I just. can't. wait! so excited.

hope you are having a good weekend!

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You Are My Fave said... [Reply to comment]

I cried at every Oprah episode this week. When she does big giveaways I just start laughing uncontrollably and then shed tears. It's like I'm in the audience.

Briel79 said... [Reply to comment]

I totally agree about Sara's new cd. It is so good! I've listened to it at least once a day since it came out.

You are also so right about FNL! I cry in just about every episode! I can't believe we only get one more season!