Seeing as trying to find a few spare moments during the holiday season to continue working on an essay about post-punk's relationship with boredom, the Romantics, and our need for personal meaning has proven frustrating and fruitless, I'm going to put some things that grabbed my attention up here in the "Notes" section, along with a promise to get some actual work done on the site over the break. And there are a few things waiting in the wings that I'm very excited about. More on that soon.
Today's offerings include a wonderful essay on joy by Zadie Smith that ran today in the New York Review of Books (though as perhaps a more optimistic person than Mrs. Smith, there are a few lines and turns of thought I take issue with—still very much worth a read as there are few writers and thinkers of the caliber of Zadie Smith working today), a monument to love in Paris courtesy of the Atlantic, and a breakdown of this year's best books lists by Flavorwire.
I am very happy to see that Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk got quite a few nods on the big "Best of the Year" lists. I was going to pick it up based on the strength of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara alone, though the accolades sure don't hurt.
I'll try not to suck at this for much longer.