In a week full of editing (I'm editing a middle-grade sci-fi novel I wrote in 2009 with the hopes of independently publishing it in the near future), tooth loss (another one for the 9 year old, he says it's 11 down. I lost count at about 6) and an actual honest-to-goodness warmup (temps topped 40 two days in a row. Melt, snow, melt!) I've read another great bunch of articles. A quick recap of some of the best:
- Through My Eye, Not Hipstamatics is a great rebuttal to an uproar that occurred when a photo shot with an iPhone app won third place in major photography contest. This is one of those articles that is really interesting for the way it highlights the fact that technology is changing *everything* - including the way we produce and perceive art.
- I loved this article that talked about the Groupon Superbowl ad. I thought the ad was thought-provoking, but as soon as it finished I turned to my husband and said, "Wow. That's going to piss a lot of people off." I think this coverage helps explain the hipocricy behind the uproar. Interesting.
- I liked this BlogHer post about whether friendship comes with expiration dates, but what I really wonder is how has Facebook subverted what is probably a natural fact (the natural "growing apart" that many friendships go through as one enters and leaves various life stages.)
- This article about a mayor of Bogota, Colombia and his unorthodox ways of solving societal problems was fascinating.
- But the article that hit me the most profoundly was this Newsweek article by Lisa Miller (who is quickly becoming my favorite news writer) about the complexities of mothering and working and just getting things done in today's chaotic and "self-service" environment makes us all just a wee bit more crazy. Oh my gosh she captured all of my pain in passages like: "Health-insurance forms, 401(k) planning, personal banking, tech support, expenses, gift returns—these have become existentially excruciating, a maze of portals and passwords." and this quote from another mother: "I have thousands of little ants crawling up my legs. I have thousands of things to check into and to manage."
Ahh...here's to hoping your week isn't full of thousands of ants crawling up your legs. I know mine is.