Headphones & Anxiety

Should we think of headphones, then, as just another emblem of catastrophic social decline, a tool that edges us even deeper into narcissism, solipsism, vast unsociability?

The New Yorker recently published a piece about the ubiquity of headphones (and earbuds, although they don’t make that distinction). Amanda Petrusich steers the article to the changes in the music industry based on this rise, but her early concern (in the quote at top) caught my attention.

Are headphones just a tool for unsociability? Continue reading

Lyse Links: Instagram, Hamilton, running, and mental illness

What have you read this week?


May Reading Recap

book-2869_1920Guys, May was a REALLY GOOD reading month. But before I get into all the excitement, let me review my goals for this year.

  • 150 books total.
  • 50,000 pages.
  • 40 non-fiction.
  • 10 classics.
  • 10 books translated into English (excluding those on my “classics” list).
  • 15 books outside my comfort zone.
  • 22 books off my TBR list.

My reading so far this year has been a bit slim (grad school and all that), so I hit May reading hard. Really hard. Continue reading

The A-Z Book Challenge!

Thanks to Nerdish Mum for tagging me in this fun challenge!

Author you’ve read the most books from

This was harder to determine than I thought it would be. I’m pretty sure the answer is Lois Gladys Leppard, author of the Mandie series. I’ve read at least 25 of her books, possibly 30.

Best sequel ever

Tentatively The Kestrel, the middle book in Lloyd Alexander’s Westmark trilogy (Which is, despite the name of my blog, my favorite Alexander series). It is full of intrigue and politics and ethics and is much darker than a children’s book seems like it should be. (Wikipedia informs me that it is a fantasy novel, but it was shelved with children’s fiction in my library.)

Currently reading

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Lyse Links: the most interesting reads this weekend

I got behind on this post for a few weeks, so I have loads of interesting links saved up for you! I’m posting the most cool ones this week, with the more obscure ones to come later. Enjoy!

  • Isn’t “picture this” just a metaphor? This is a note by a man who literally cannot picture things in his head. While that idea itself is fascinating, the value of this piece is the voice of the author. It’s hilarious, insightful, well worth the 15 minute read.
  • What do the first stages of Alzheimer’s feel like? This is an older, quite long read, but it’s worthwhile for seeing a stage of life that we often avoid. The author is a very experienced  reporter, so I relished the sophistication of his style.
  • Why People Pay to Read The New York Times. This is actually where I found the previous article. It’s a good discussion of the place that newspapers hold in a world of Huffington Post and Buzzfeed. (I think both of those outlets periodically offer remarkable news stories, but I am an unapologetic supporter of traditional newspapers.)
  • We discovered our parents were Russian spies. If you have not already seen this story, it’s a must-read. Life truly is stranger than fiction–when the FBI raids a house, two brothers find out that their parents are Russian spies and almost nothing they know about their family is true.
  • Are Millennials really the most distracted generation? I think the title speaks for itself.

Did you learn anything interesting? Which story is your favorite?

A Plea to Recognize Ageism

I’d barely gotten seated at the doctors’ office when the receptionist asked, “How old are you?” I smiled and told her I was 22. As expected, she immediately laughed and told me that I looked like I was 15 or 16. I explained that I get that a lot.

5 minutes later, the nurse asked about my emergency contact. I gave his name and number. Then she asked, “Is that your father?” No, it’s my husband.

This kind of thing happens to me a lot. I look young, apparently.

Oh, you’ll be thankful for it when you’re my age! You’ll be grateful for that someday! Continue reading