Five Things I Liked This Week

1. Excerpt from Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records by Amanda Petrusich (Pitchfork)

It’s no secret that I’m a little obsessed with The Anthology of American Folk Music and everything that went into and came out of it. (See here and here for proof.) This excerpt is all about Harry Smith, the record collector who created the Anthology.

You can read more about the book, which will be released on July 8th, here. (I pre-ordered it earlier this week.)

2. “Descent” by Fear of Men

 

 

Their debut album, Loom, is out now on Kanine Records.

 

3. “Wake Up”/”Escape From the Citadel”,  Adventure Time‘s Season 6 Double Episode Premiere

I loved it. Here’s the Cartoon Network promo:

 

4. “Carry On” by Esme (Rookie)

Or, a detailed account of an obsession with/personal experience of death and life and stuff.” (It’s a comic, but that shouldn’t stop any of you.)

 

5. “Time of the Season” by The Zombies

Yes, I know that “This Will Be Our Year” ended this week’s episode of Mad Men, but I’ve had a different Zombies song stuck in my head this week. I’m working on a sort of “life soundtrack” project for a friend and I put this on the list of songs I’m considering because it makes me think of a very specific summer I had as a teenager and gives me some serious sad/happy feels.

 

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Friday “Roundup”: Love At First Sight

I was stuck inside for most of today, working from home. (But really, really working all day, which is why I’m just posting this now.) This is what I look like home alone in a not-quite-blizzard:

Anyway, I didn’t have a lot of time to read fun things to link to this week because I was mostly trying to finish books in my down time. Actually, mostly trying to finish one book in particular, NW by Zadie Smith.. I ended up finishing it last night and ugggghhhhh I can’t believe I didn’t light it on fire when I was done. I hope to post a review after I’ve verbally expressed all of my frustration to the good ladies of my book club on Monday night.

I also read a great short story in the Best American Short Stories 2012 collection called “The Sex Lives of African Girls” by Taiye Selasi. (You can read it online if you happen to have a Granta subscription.) I was heartened to read in her commentary that this was the first piece of fiction that she had finished in like eight years or something. (She was lucky enough to have Toni Morrison read her story before anyone else, which will not be the case for me should I ever finish anything again, but whatever.)

The only thing I can really think of that I really liked on the internet this week…

Love at First Sight by Jane Marie (Rookie): Boy oh boy, do I wish Rookie had been around when I was a teenager! I’m very glad it’s around now, anyway. This piece was informative and relatable and I think that all girls should read it for it is full of really good advice.