Weekend Reads

Reads. For the weekend.

Let’s unplug for Shabbos! (Book links are Bookshop affiliate links.)

  • Heartburn, by Nora Ephron

    Willa Paskin was asking for short novel recommendations, and apparently everyone knows about this one?? Good to know. Soon I, too, shall know about it. I get a lot of recs this way – when I was getting my MFA, CNF and fiction tracks were combined for the teaching practicum. We were assigned to create a syllabus and the teacher came in the next week and went, “Soooo …. not everyone has to teach David Sedaris.” And that’s how I started reading David Sedaris. For more on this, please see my blog archives.

  • What’s Next for Northerly Island? By Ryan Smith in Chicago Magazine

    An interesting history of the manmade island that houses the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and a live concert venue. It’s always been plagued, even more so in light of recent events. The article mentions the fact that there was a whole plan for multiple islands – hence, “Northerly” – a fact that I myself learned at Adler Planetarium and am pleased to see in print. It also manages to casually imply some of that famous real estate corruption for which we’re so famous.

  • The Balletic Millennial Bedtimes of ‘Normal People’, By Lorrie Moore for the New York Review of Books

    A tweet back in July alerted me to this incredible review of Normal People by a literary scene veteran. It is a searing roast of Millennials (but also confuses us with Gen-Z’ers?) and features a whole lot of “I’m in this photo and I don’t like it” vibes. As far as Normal People goes, in both the book and the show there’s, like, barely enough plot, but I enjoyed both. Neither makes my list for tops of the year, but Sally Rooney is remarkable with characters and dialogue and atmosphere. The TV show is a great adaptation of her book.

  • How “WAP” Became the Dirtiest No. 1 in Hot 100 History, by Chris Molanphy in Slate

    Do I need to tell you that I love “WAP”, Cardi B- and Megan Thee Stallion’s super dirty song? I love it. It’s fun and joyful and unapologetic. If you’re not Ben Shapiro and you’re not squeamish re: profane songs about women’s sexuality, check out this great cover by Qveen Herby.