The long of it
In busy seasons (or any season, really) we love a good short story collection. You can read an entire story in twenty minutes or so. Here are three collections we've been digging lately.
- Difficult Women: Roxane Gay : If you've never read any of Roxane Gay's writing, you must. She's incredibly thoughtful, witty and wise. "From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay gives voice to a chorus of unforgettable women...."
- Signals: Tim Gautreaux : Most of these stories are set right here in the state of Louisiana. "But generally it’s heat, humidity, and bugs that beset his people as they wrestle with affairs of the heart, matters of faith, and the pros and cons of tight-knit communities...."
- Funny Once: Antonya Nelson: If these characters were real people, you'd totally be gossiping about them. "Throughout, there is the pervasive desire to drink to forget, to have sex with the wrong people, to hit the road and figure out later where to stop for the night. These characters are aging, regretting actions both taken and not, inhabiting their extended adolescences as best they can."
The Short of it
How Asking Five Questions Allowed me to Eat Dinner with my Kids : Productivity hacks using a method from Toyota.
I Read A Book About Brahms And All I Got Was This Obsession With Clara Schumann: We're just now learning to appreciate classical music. Funny writers about genius female pianists help.
The Wild Boars of Fukushima: Louisiana has a wild boar issue, but it's nothing quite like this one—these guys took over the town that evacuated after Japan's nuclear power plant issue back in 2011.