Here is this week’s list of blog posts, comics, photographs, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.
Determining the Fate of Frozen Embryos. I’d never really thought about what couples who have been through fertility treatments do with their leftover embryos before. While it’s never a decision I’ll have to make it was interesting to read how the author and his wife came to the decision they eventually made about their leftover embryos.
Stars Bursting in the Night Sky. An incredible collection of long-exposure shots of the sky by Australian photographer Lincoln Harris.
“Hey, Let’s Go Do Something Fun!” The truth about getting offended over stuff you find online.
In Defence of the Disney Princesses. So I actually haven’t decided what I think about Disney princesses. Figuring out if they’re good role models or reinforcers of sexist tropes and the patriarchy isn’t very high on my to do list. (Well, other than the fact that “Beauty and the Beast” is an incredibly creepy story if you think about it for too long). My friend Jenna makes some excellent points, though.
On a steaming hot afternoonof risotto thick air, a man sat onon a park bench with time onhis hands and stared at histicking palms.
I think I love dead malls because I am a Midwesterner, a born-and-bred Kansas City man who has lived most of his life within flyover country. I will never belong anywhere else. I can identify with a place that was once great, a place where you look up and realize that the great herd of humanity has moved on. To spend a morning in a dead mall, where the shops are closed and your favorite restaurant is boarded up, feels like the world I know. It is, increasingly, the Midwestern mode of existence.
The author of The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating forged an unusual relationship with a wild snail after a mysterious virus left her bedridden. Too weak to do anything but read and observe, she spent hours watching her “pet” snail move around the terrarium and investigating the behaviours she witnessed.
I knew nothing about snails before reading this book. As interesting as it was to learn about how the author spent her days when her energy was so extremely limited, I loved hearing her observations of how snails live. There is an ecosystem at our feet at the vast majority of us have never stopped to observe. It made me want to go to the park, lie flat on my belly, and watch ants, snails, spiders and other small creatures scurry about.
What have you been reading?