We made it folks. Another week in the books. Another glorious weekend ahead full of possibilities. T and I may check out a rock climbing gym in Raleigh. Maybe we'll swing by the shops at Pittsboro while we're over there.
In the meantime, here's some suggested links for your weekend reading (or to get you through to the end of Friday, whichever):
I didn't know The Martian was originally published as a free serial story on the author's website. Very cool, I've often wondered how that would work. Gotta say though, if that picture of Matt Damon is going to be the next book cover, I better hurry up and buy a copy before they start replacing the 1st edition. Sorry Matt, I just don't want to look at your face each night. (Kirkus via @sfsignal)
Good writing and publishing tips from this year's Marie Claire Debut Novel Award Winner, Claire Douglas. I like numbers 1,2, and 7 the most (Marie Claire)
Famous nerds share their favorite books (Mental Floss via @goodreads)
I really want to see this movie, Grandma, with Lily Tomlin. Here's the trailer. (NY Times)
How to be powerful, or seem that way, anyway. (NY Times)
Grad school debt forgiveness? As someone who has made major life choices in large part to avoid massive student loans, I have strong feelings about this issue. I would have loved to get an M.F.A., but I didn't think I could afford the debt. Even now, law school sounds interesting to me, but again, I just can't justify the cost to myself (also must fight the urge to be a perpetual student). It sucks that these programs are so ridiculously unaffordable, but if you decide it's worth it to you...shouldn't you be responsible for that financial burden too? Like I said, touchy topic for me, so I'm sorry if that sounds harsh. I'm sure living with $100,000+ student debt is the definition of stress, but when people fully admit that they never had any intention of paying for it in the first place? Well, I don't think we should tolerate or encourage that type of behavior with debt-forgiveness programs. (Wall Street Journal)