My column yesterday was ready to celebrate St. Pattys day instead of Memorial Day. The green color is from Copper(I) chloride and the orange is likely an impurity in the propargyl alcohol I was using (I could’ve distilled it, but nah). Happy weekend everyone!
Time for Friday Reads! Here’s what we’re working on:
Arts Editor Tom Cole:
I’m reading Tim Gautreaux’s recent collection of short stories, Signals.
He’s such a great writer. Just
finished one called “Radio Magic” about a guy who wants to be famous and an
elderly comedienne who remembers her late son (a radio repairman) saying that
sound never ends – that it keeps going out to the stars. Of course we all know
that in space “no one can hear you scream,”
but it’s still kind of neat to think that all of our work is sailing out
NPR Executive Editor Edith Chapin:Janesville:
An American Story by Amy Goldstein
NPR Founding Mother Susan
Stamberg:Outline by Rachel Cusk
Blogger Colin Dwyer:
Back, at long last, in Knausgaardland. Settling into an ARC of Autumn with joy.
Book critic Annalisa
Quinn: I’m reading David Sedaris’ Theft
by Finding: Diaries for a review next week, plus The Handmaid’s Tale for my book club.
A lovely day at the farm with Sun’s family. Sun’s mom bought us matching traditional Korean clothes. The son of the halmoni across the road was at her house and he and his wife brought soju and acorn jelly and we ate and drank and chatted. We also picked wild raspberries near the farm. We walked the two doggies and found a third neighborhood doggie. We also bumped into a very old Korean hanok from like the 1600s. We ate jeon and potatoes.
A group of people that were sightseeing were looking for a place to park and since Sun’s dad is so nice, he let them park on his land. They had like five kids with them. They gave us a big huge bottle of beer as a thank you and Sun’s dad gave them some wild raspberries when they returned to their car.
We picked a ton of veggies and I roasted 1kg of coffee beans for Sun’s dad (although, I messed up the last batch and spent 27 mins roasting and almost lost my arm).
Then we ate the most delicious duck dish ever and I don’t even like duck that much.
Sun’s parents are the kindest and nicest people I’ve ever met. His dad told me he was so happy to have met me and to have me be part of their lives because I’m so kind and nice and my thinking is similar to their family’s thinking. I was really happy and touched and told him I was really happy to have met them as well even though I was scared!