Sunday, January 30, 2022

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals (top to bottom):

  • Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman 
  • The Defiant Middle by Kaya Oakes
  • Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design by Theo Inglis
  • Project Collage by Bev Speight
  • Zentangle Art Therapy by Anya Lothrop

All of these were purchased and all are nonfiction. Call Us What We Carry is, of course, poetry. The Defiant Middle is . . . well, I'm not sure how to describe it but if's about the push and pull of being a woman, trying to find your place in a world in which even religion is patriarchal (but hasn't always been), and the fallout of living with the expectations of others. I read it yesterday and loved it but feel a little at a loss to describe it well. Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design is something I bought after doing a little research into the design of the era in order to make my friend Michelle (one of my early blog friends) a Christmas card geared to her taste and then not wanting to leave that design world behind. Project Collage is my second book about collaging because I am absolutely loving collage, right now. And, the zentangle book was just for fun. 

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
  • The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American by Andrew L. Seidel
  • Slightly Foxed #71 - August, 2021 
  • Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford and Floyd Cooper
  • The Defiant Middle by Kaya Oakes

I'd only read 3 books in nearly two weeks and then this weekend I just buried my nose in reading material between the weekend chores. Ah. I feel better about my last two weeks, now. 

Currently reading:

  • The Complete Beatles Songs by Steve Turner
  • Paint Mojo, a Mixed-Media Workshop by Tracy Verdugo
  • Store of the Worlds by Robert Sheckley
  • The Runaways by Holly Webb

Posts since last Malarkey:

In other news: 

Meh, not much news. My art space had to be cleared so I haven't done any art. I'm watching a bunch of random stuff but I don't know if any of it will stick. And, we haven't seen any movies. I haven't even left the driveway in days. But, the weather has been amazing. Yesterday, we sat outside on the bottom level of our patio and just enjoyed the sun beating down on us. It was cool enough not to get overheated, in the 60s. This week is supposed to be warm and I think we're ready for a solid break from the cold. We don't have much in the way of cold-weather clothing. 

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