Lyse Links: Research on body language, loneliness, literacy, and busyness

A round-up of interesting articles from my week!

  • Your body language shapes who you are. Amy Cuddy argues that using power moves — standing arms akimbo, stretching out, etc — can actually make you feel more confident and powerful. I don’t necessarily disagree with her idea, but I struggle with society’s perception of power. Many of the behaviors she describes just seem obnoxious to me, not powerful. Nonetheless, I’m not above pulling the same moves when I feel like I need to.
  • Why Lonely People Stay Lonely – apparently lonely people are every bit as good at reading social cues as anyone else, but they get too nervous to make a good impression. It’s a not a horrible theory.
  • My generation is addicted to busyness – this article clicked with me. I have a tendency to pile things on my schedule until I busy every minute of the day. It’s a bad habit.
  • Can spacing increase literacy? Since I don’t struggle with literacy and I love proofreading, this concept was a bit difficult for me to buy. In theory, the idea of helping people read in phrases makes sense, but I would love to see concrete stats on the actual usefulness.

Read anything interesting this week? I’d love to see it in the comments!

Book Review: Running With Scissors

running with scissorsTitle: Running With Scissors
Author: Augusten Burroughs
Genre: Memoir

I picked up Augusten Burroughs’ memoir on a whim, completely ignorant of the author or story. The jacket blurbs promised the book would be irreverent, hysterical, and deeply disturbing. They were right.

Burroughs grew up in a highly dysfunctional family and eventually lived with his mother’s psychiatrist and his family. He had a relationship with a pedophile, dropped out of school, created a skylight in the kitchen by knocking out the roof, Continue reading

Lyse Links: Email Newsletters

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite email newsletters. I never cringe when these show up in my inbox! (All of these are free)

  • NextDraft – Dave Pell, the Internet’s editor, collects the most interesting/significant news of the day and sends it out in a newsletter. It’s concise, comprehensive, and super easy to read through and trash. Boom. On top of the news in less than 5 minutes.
  • Now I Know – Dan Lewis sends out this daily newsletter with interesting stories, facts, and quizzes. They’re generally amusing, good conversation starters, and easy to read and delete in about 5 minutes.
  • Brain Pickings – Maria Popova collects her blog’s best articles and sends them out on Sundays. This newsletter is literary, thoughtful, and spiritual. It has tons of content, often focusing on creativity and expression.
  • Book Perks – Daily e-book deals from a variety of genres (they have some good stuff). I’m a cheapskate*, so I hardly ever buy the e-books, even when they’re $0.99, but they also include links to giveaways, which I always enter.

*Ahem. Aka newlywed (broke) grad student. 

Do you get any newsletters you love? I’d like to hear about them in the comments!

Quotes From My Notes #6


Stressing and complaining will change nothing. Take action, make a change, and never look back.

(source unknown, this quote is all over pinterest)

My older sister once scolded me about complaining and said almost exactly this. I’ve remembered the concept the entire time since. Do you struggle with complaining? How do you fight it?

Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Girl-w-Dragon-Tattoo-cover(If you’re wondering why I’m reading all these old books that have been out so long, I have a one-word answer for you — college. That’s all.)

This post was going to be a review of Augusten Burrough’s deeply disturbing memoir, Running with Scissors. But I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo today and wow! It’s so good!!!!!! /fangirl

I’ve been vaguely curious about Stieg Larsson’s trilogy for awhile, so I jumped at the chance to take it off my mother-in-law’s hands (she inherited someone else’s books and this series is probably not her style). I know not everyone has the time (or focus) to read 300 pages in a day, but this is a book that benefits from condensed reading, not a chapter a day. (For one thing, the book is over 600 pages, so it would take a long time!) The plot is intricate, filled with characters and names and intrigue.

Plot summary (in case you’ve missed it, as I’d managed to): Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist, is hired by a CEO to write a family history and investigate the disappearance/murder of his niece. The catch? The incident occurred 40 years ago. Blomkvist is eventually aided by Lisbeth Salander, an antisocial, oddball PI. (It’s much more complicated than that, but I love the fun of discovering a plot, so I won’t ruin for you.)


So many good things! But I will try not to fangirl here.  Continue reading