Tag Archives: Buzzfeed

Let’s Rainbow Rowell It Up in Here

Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors, and indisputably one of the best young adult novelists out there. So have two bits of deliciousness today.

First, Buzzfeed did a great interview of her, from Ashley Ford who goes by smashfizzle on Tumblr –

“The first time Rowell wrote about the struggles of her childhood was in her column for the Omaha World Herald. Her voice lowers a bit, serious but without shame. “I was living in rural areas often without power or a phone or a car. Our water came from a well and a pump. My dad was not around and when he was around, he was not good. There was a lot of alcohol abuse and drug abuse. I feel like I need to say that I’m probably sane and alive because I had a really great mom. Eventually, when we moved to the city and we were on welfare, it was a step up. Being poor in the city was easier than being poor in the country.”

Despite their living conditions, Rowell remembers a home where her father read her The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Books were her safe haven. “My mother was very strict, there was very little on television that we were allowed to watch, there were very few movies that we were allowed to watch. But she’d let me read anything.”

And a favorite Youtube book reviewer Polesandbananas covered Landline with her usual pizzazz –

Caffeinated Links: Superfood Culture, Olympic Sports per Country, Noah’s Biblical Inspiration

super-foods-400x400

Northwestern has a highly-regarded class on marriage teaching people “how to love well”. I think we desperately need more of these.  “At first glance this class may seem a tad too frivolous for a major research university. But the instructors say it’s not an easy A and its reputation as a meaningful, relevant, and enlightening course has grown steadily over the 14 years it’s been offered. In fact, teachers are forced to turn away eager prospective students every year. This spring, the enrollment will be capped at 100. The class is kept to a manageable size so that students can grapple at a deeply personal level with the material during their discussion sessions.” RT

The Guardian’s Jay Rayner has a hilarious and apropos takedown of the superfood culture: “The ludicrous thing is that the very people who blitz up kale and acai berry smoothies to cure themselves of all known diseases are the ones already eating a healthy diet. It’s not like they go from KFC three times a day to diving head first into the seaweed salads.” RT

And on that note, loved this line from a Fast article on food reformation in the Bay Area. “If only the food world were simpler, then perhaps we could end Americans’ addiction to cheap food laden with salt, sugar, and fat.RT

Fascinating article from The Atlantic on how Facebook has become our news feed and how it reflects majority tastes – and guess what? They aren’t for world news. “But the vast majority of these stories aren’t really news, at all. They’re quizzes about your accent, lists of foods and photographs, funny reminders of what life feels like as you age. For lack of a better term: They’re entertainment.

If this feels like the wind-up before the Facebook-Has-Destroyed-the-News finale, you can relax. Entertainment was beating up on news long before Zuckerberg was born. People always outsold Time. Broadcast sitcom ratings always made mincemeat of PBS. The back sections of the newspaper have long cross-subsidized the foreign coverage of the A-section.” RT

The countries that excel at one sport – “If the Netherlands is set up for sprint skating, Jamaica is the place to be born if you want to become a sprinter. All but one of their 68 Olympic medals – David Weller’s bronze for cycling in 1980 – has been awarded in athletics. Weller cycled the 1km time trial, so managed to cover more ground than any other Jamaican medallist: two ran the 800m; one competed in the long jump and the other 65 have won in the sprints. When it comes to sport, Jamaicans stick to the track – and they only run around it once.” RT

Darren Aronnofsky had a battle with Paramount over which version of Noah to create. “[I wanted to create] this fantastical world a la Middle-earth that they wouldn’t expect from their grandmother’s Bible school. [But it would also work for audiences] who take this very, very seriously as gospel… I had no problem completely honoring and respecting everything in the Bible and accepting it as truth.Of course, my production designer [Mark Friedberg] had a million ideas of what it could look like, but I said, ‘No, the measurements are right there.’ [Re: Genesis describing the Ark as a giant box].” RT

Top 5 Websites

manchesterpress

Unfiltered 

1. Tumblr. Look. I get all my geek girl and fangirl cravings satisfied by Tumblr and then some. There’s a reason it’s seen an absolutely explosive amount of growth since it started. If you’re not on Tumblr, you don’t get it. If you are, you do. The corner I inhabit is a big ginormous world of people who love the Awesome, in this case the Awesome mostly being television and the occasional minor sci fi or fantasy flick like Star Trek or Lord of the Rings. In particular, we really really really love Friends, Doctor Who, and Jennifer Lawrence. There are GIFs, hilarity, quotes, trailers, news galore. And somehow it manages to be small enough that there’s a real sense of community, and large enough to take anyone who wants to in in a warm, slightly smelly, huge hug of fellowship and fandom.

2. The Atlantic. And now for something entirely different. When I’m not inhabiting my fangirl side and going mad for the latest Sherlock GIF, I get most of my world and health and some of my entertainment news from The Atlantic. The journalism is crisp, wide-ranging, often brilliant, and long-form without being overwhelming Wall Street Journal length. And unlike The New York Times, it’s free.

3. Buzzfeed. Buzzfeed is a time-warp that sucks in All The Things on the Internet. It is a glorious morass of time-wasting, informative, funny/sad/terrible/romantic/pointless, pop-culture-and-everything-else content. It is beautiful and terrible. It has lists to end all lists. That is all.

4. Lifehacker. Lifehacker is my baby. Lifehacker tells me how to live well, what not to buy, and provides hundreds of deliciously informative articles which I read, remember 0.5% of, bookmark and never look at it again. It is one of my life goals to write for Lifehacker.

5. GoodreadsLittle known fact: I once interned for Goodreads. And they are as awesome behind the scenes as they are, well, in front of them. Regardless, Goodreads is the perfect website for organizing, rating, and tracking the books you read – which for OCD bibliophiles like me, is perfect. I also get a fair number of book recommendations there from other readers. These days, I  probably visit Goodreads every other day.

And there you have it! Inside me is a fangirl, a bibliophile, a life-betterer, and a pseudo-intellectual.

%d bloggers like this: