I keep intending to come up with catchy titles for these posts, but then my brain fails me and all I’m left with is the boring (albeit informative), “This week, [date]” format. Anyway, this week has brought forth summer into Queensland, not with a whimper, but with a bang. One day we were sitting comfortably in cardigans; the next, we were sweltering under 28 degree heat and wondering why we continue to live in this place with the burning sun (okay, maybe that last one was just me). At least I’d spent the weekend at my parents’ house in a city on a mountain, so I escaped the heat for a couple of days at least. The onset of summer always makes me think of travel, whether it be that the heat reminds me of south-east Asia (where I have been habitually taking off to every summer for the past few years) or just a need to get away from it, but my trigger finger made me book flights on Monday. Only to Sydney, in January next year, but enough to satiate me for now. Anything to save money for the big trip I have planned for next year…
Reads & Links
- I finished reading Good Omens (by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett) this week, and boy oh boy. Before I’d even finished it had earned itself a place on my ‘will reread’ tier. I don’t know what it was about the book, but some combinations of the characters and the turns-of-phrase had me enthralled from the beginning. Honestly, I could have read 400+ pages just of Crowley and Aziraphale’s adventures around London and been just as satisfied (in fact, does that exist anywhere?).
- Climate change. How bad is it? Not sure, but we can try and make the impact a lot less. And the impact is probably going to be huge – it already is.
- This is an article I read a while ago after I finished reading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and went searching for others who disliked the book like I did. Somehow it found it’s way to me again and, a year later, I reread the article and still find it a really interesting discussion on literary criticism, especially by the kinds of people who consider, to paraphrase the Stephen King speech mentioned in the article, being out-of-touch with society a source of pride.
- Buying organic can make you feel good about doing good for the environment, but is it really the best choice? Studying the degree that I do, I’ve always had conflicting views on the organic vs. GMO debate (there’s pros and cons for both, including environmental benefits of growing GMOs, just in case you were wondering), and this article basically confirms that.
- Can we teach science with fiction? I shamelessly copy-pasted the title of that article to start this point, but there’s really no better way to sum it up. The idea of integrating science into fiction books seems such an obvious (and, if taught properly in schools, an easy) one, and such a great way to make science seem less scary and boring and more of what it is – an interesting and fun lifelong pursuit of knowledge! And it’s more creative than you can ever imagine it being.
❝ My advice is very simple; if you want something, work your ass off for it. I try not to tell them, ‘as long as you believe in your dreams it will come true’, because the reality is that you really need to work hard for it. But if you do, it is going to come true. ❞ – Camille Leblanc Bazinet