Friday Five (Or More)

Some happy links and cool clips for you this week!

Gifts with Meaning: Nicholas Kristof, who wrote Half the Sky, offers his annual holiday gift guide, “the chance to recommend presents more meaningful than a tie or sweater.”

How “treat yourself” became the marketing mantra of the 21st century. (Who can stop themselves from reading an article when Michel Foucault is mentioned in the first paragraph?)

68 Inspiring Writing Tips from 9 Great Writers. My fave? Have the guts to cut. Thank you, Mr. Vonnegut.

Still in need of book recommendations for holiday gifts? My suggestions are here, but check out Book Page’s Top 25 Books of 2015 for more ideas.

Former opinion columnist and food writer for The New York Times, Mark Bittman explains Why I Quit My Dream Job.

I finally saw Inside Out. Did you enjoy it as much as I did?

Have a great weekend, everyone! 



  1. Enjoyed reading what Mark Bittman has been up to. I was unaware that he left the Times. I love his recipes and books and hope his new venture is a great success. The site is beautiful and the menu is intriguing.

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    1. I had high expectations going into this one also. I think my favorite scene was the one of the clip I posted. It would have been fun to get the inner “lives” of the other characters more often. Thanks for stopping by!


      1. I loved Brooklyn by ColmToibin! Also The History of Love, Elizabeth is Missing, City of Thieves, A Man Called Ove, This is the Water, The Call, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, and The Goldfinch to name a few. Oh, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette.


      2. Oh, I loved Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin! Such as simple story, but so powerful. I just saw the movie (screenplay by Nick Hornby), which I thought was so well done. It’s getting some Oscar buzz.
        A Man Called Ove is next on my list. 🙂

        I can’t wait to look for the others. Thanks for the recommendations!


  2. First off I always LOVE these! I know I’ve told you this before but go to say it again. These posts rock. Second, I thought Inside Out was pretty awesome. It was such a great flick to watch with my kids. I wasn’t aware of any hype, I thought Frozen was way too hyped up with that Let it Go business but I did enjoy Olaf. The Inside Out characters cracked me up because we’d been trying to personify sass around here so they could tell the difference and that movie helped with all the feelings 🙂 plus that clip you post was so funny. And! And! I love that writer advice link from all those great writers I was digging the one about emotion and also the one about writing people and not characters. Dude! Good post buddy.

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    1. Thanks for that! Inside Out was a great way to explain feelings and how they’re always vying for control. Kind of like when I see a piece of chocolate — I want to eat it, but I know I shouldn’t. The internal struggle never ends! 🙂

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  3. Book page– number 8. Eileen..oh my word. I loved this sick book. Number 12. Is so sweet. Enjoyed it immensely. Are you liking Fates and Furies? I have not read it yet.

    I look forward to checking out the gift guides and lists..thanks!

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    1. Our Souls at Night has gotten some buzz lately. I hadn’t heard about it at all, and now it seems like it’s on many lists. I am adding it to my (already too long) TBR list!

      I’m about 30 pages into Fates and Furies. I had to pause for a bit and now I’m back to it. I’ve been looking forward to picking it up again. I’m also reading the annotated Pride & Prejudice. I read the novel years ago, but the annotations shed so much light on the characters and society.


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