Happy Wednesday to you all. I come to you today with links. There is some good stuff out there on the internet and my well is a little dry these days. So I’m leveraging the genius of other people to keep your minds (and mine) stimulated.
The Big Short – This book by Michael Lewis is probably the best I’ve read all year. In it Lewis tells the tale of the financial crisis with unparalleled color and clarity. If you have any proclivity toward business writing at all, this is a must read. Even if you don’t it’s still fascinating at every turn. And if you don’t read the book you should at least listen to the interview he did with Terry Gross on Fresh Air when it was released this past spring.
50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird – There has been much made this week (and rightly so) of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s only and classic novel. Many writers and commentators have discussed its influence on race relations, its portrayal of the South, and its membership in the canon of modern American literature. But it was this article about Scout by Anna Quindlen that I found most interesting.
For a Laugh – Nothing thought provoking here. Just a stand-up comic doing what comics do best… being funny.
For a Cry – Fellow blogger Jane knows how to bring it. Her stories of childhood and parenthood (not to mention her color commentary on the world around her) keep me coming back for more every week. But she really outdid herself with this touching and heartbreaking post about her experience as a foster parent. If you are human it will move you.
And, as a final note, I’m going to be taking a week or so off from blogging. Work is crazy right now and I could use a little extra down time. So, as many of my blogging compatriots have already done, I’m giving myself a little breather. I hope you all are enjoying some good R&R this summer as well. See you around the 26th.