It’s been a few weeks since I’ve had a chance to publish a What I’m into Wednesday. I’ve been extremely busy working on our annual fundraiser and an art class at a local school for the nonprofit job, and I’ve also been dreaming up ideas for next week’s Mardi Gras costume. In the meantime, here are the things I’ve been paying attention to–
- The First Bad Man, Miranda July.
This is a weird one. It’s by turns laugh-out-loud funny, cringe-worthy, grotesque, and banal. It’s full of clever banter and weird psychobabble. But for some reason I couldn’t put it down.
- Cress, Miranda Meyer.
This is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series, and I’m still not sure if I actually like them. (This seems to be a bit of a theme with my reading this week, dunnit?) At this point I will read them all, of course, since I’m this far into the series, and perhaps after that I’ll know whether I liked the first ones.
- Lucifer, Book Two.
I started reading the Lucifer comics a few weeks ago; they’re an offshoot of Gaiman’s Sandman series, and they’re quite wonderful. Lucifer has left Hell to live on Earth, giving up his post as the ruler of Hell. The series is somewhere between fantasy and horror, and it can also be quite snarky at times. It’s lovely.
- Lumberjanes, Vol. 1.
I’ve been hearing about Lumberjanes for a while now, so I picked up the first volume while I had a chance to on Monday. They’re a quick read, but so much fun! Five friends spend the summer at a sleep-away camp, and they run into all sorts of adventures. As a former camper and camp counselor, I laughed my way through Beware the Kitten Holy, the first volume, and now I can’t wait to get my hands on more of them.
- A Wild Swan and Other Tales, Michael Cunningham.
This is beautiful, beautiful book. It’s short—under 100 pages–but it packs a punch. The book is a collection of fairy tales re-told; the stories are accompanied by stunning illustrations from Yuko Shimizu.
It occurs to me, on writing this, that I have hardly turned on the TV for the last two weeks. In fact, the only thing that I can actually remember watching recently is the season finale for American Horror Story: Hotel. This season of the show was incredibly uneven, with a plot that did a lot of meandering and a cast that turned in some strong performances despite not always having a strong script to work with.
- This post from Zen and Pi on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
- This post from Katie Paul about ways to get more traffic from Pinterest
- Stoffel, the honey badger with 1,001 escape plans.
- The sign-up list for the A to Z Challenge, which is now open. We’re #172!
- Short-term rentals are still technically illegal here in NOLA, but that doesn’t stop the practice–and there’s a big to-do about it right now.
- More awful developments in the Flint water supply story.
- There was a large fire this morning here in NOLA.