I quit facebook this year, among other things which were dragging me down (yep, lookin’ at you alcohol). There are many upsides to this situation. I am no longer bombarded by photos of half-eaten lunches, for example, and I don’t feel pursued by all the pages that my “friends” apparently “liked” once upon a time.
The only downside of not being on Bacefook is I don’t have a way of sharing great articles I find around the internet which I think are really worthwhile reading. Yes, there’s always twitter – but is it just me or is that place really, really noisy? There’s sharing, and then there’s bludgeoning.
So every once in awhile I thought I’d share on my blog the top 5 articles or links I’ve come across around the web. So here she goes:
1) One of the funniest and revealing short stories I’ve read in a long time. It begins… “The worst thing about the affair, Nina thought, was that it made her so impatient with the children.” **Note: The Narrative magazine is one of the most reliable sources of high quality fiction on the internet – and will dispel any prejudices you have about online distribution (so take the 2 minutes required to sign up to read). The material is not only as good as you’ll find in any printed book, it’s probably far better**
2) As above – another one from Narrative. This piece has a voice of its own, deceptively simple and straightforward yet somehow very deep and wickedly entertaining. It’s writing like this that fools people into thinking anyone can do it. The story begins… “On the airplane, the woman across the aisle and one row in front of me was beautiful. She wore the best pair of blue jeans in the history of the world. Okay, I’m exaggerating. Is there such a thing as the greatest jeans in the world? Can denim be sacred? Probably not. But I’m trying to make a point here. The woman was an epic series of curves. The ghost of some ancient Greek lute player is vainly searching for his instrument so he can sing ballads for and about her. Okay, I’m exaggerating again….”
3) Meanwhile, ever wondered what the third most dangerous job in the world is? (clue: “Sat is where its at!”). Not/Not for the faint-hearted.
5) A poem that took my breath away. And I still haven’t quite figured out what it means.