|Will music soothe the savage beast?|
- Want to hear songs from Grizzly Bear's new CD Shield before you plonk down a ten-spot? NPR's website has a recording of a show in which the band performs tunes from it. Bone up on their namesake with The Beast That Walks Like Man: The Story of the Grizzly Bear.
- I am jazzed by LifeHacks, an agglomeration of useful and ingenious household hints involving recycling/repurposing. They key ring/staple remover idea is boss, and I can't wait to tackle the scratches in my furniture with some walnuts. Can opener for blister packs? I'm there!
- Here's a DIY home decorating idea of my own. Save the variously colored round plastic screw tops from milk, juice, and detergent bottles (whatever), arrange in patterns to your liking, glue them onto any sized surface of your choice, and hang. Voila, instant Damien Hirst–style artwork for pennies. Kids would probably enjoy this too. Take that, art establishment! (Below, two Hirst originals.)
- Mentioned enthusiastically in our recent discussions of vampire tales, Sheridan LeFanu's Carmilla is currently being read in B.J. Harrison's The Classic Tales Podcast, free on I-tunes. Harrison does both novels and short stories; Kate Chopin's gripping Desiree's Baby is the perfect length for a power walk.
- Natasha Trethewey’s tenure as U.S. Poet Laureate has just begun. She writes all different kinds of poems, and is reading one a week.