I’m writing this to be posted on Saturday morning — it’s Saturday morning now in Taiwan, but Friday in the States, so this entire trip has been a bit confusing in terms of when to post and tweet things — while knowing that I’ll be on a lengthy plane trip not too long from now. Yesterday I received three rolls of film back from the processing shop in Pingtung, which means that there will be plenty of lovely photos to share here and there. The above tomatoes are from my uncle’s garden. I ate from a bowl of them in his home.
This week’s links round-up is myriad and seemingly random, but I do hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
- A piece by Richard Lloyd Parry about the ghosts that surfaced across Japan after the tsunami of 2011. “A cab driver in the city of Sendai picked up a sad-faced man who asked to be taken to an address that no longer existed. Halfway through the journey, he looked into his mirror to see that the rear seat was empty. He drove on anyway, stopped in front of the levelled foundations of a destroyed house, and politely opened the door to allow the invisible passenger out at his former home.”
- A lovely woman introduced me to this intriguing TedTalk about the Hearing Voices movement.
- If you read one link this week from me, let it be this one: “How Colleges Flunk Mental Health”, by Katie J.M. Baker. I was struck by how incredibly similar these students’ experiences were, across the board, to my own. “Princeton told Dan that if he didn’t voluntarily withdraw, he would be forced to as soon as he had missed enough of the classes from which he had been banned… a mandatory withdrawal would be noted on his record and that his family wouldn’t be refunded for the semester’s tuition or room and board.” This piece has encouraged me to continue with my hope to create best practices for how to treat students with mental illness in higher education.
- Grace Quantock’s piece about being Type A with chronic illness is spot-on. Personally, I didn’t realize I was so… um, intensely and actively ambitious until I was forced to slow down — as Grace puts it, “slowing down to survive.”
- As an editor/copyeditor, I was thrilled to read “Style Sheet: A Conversation with My Copyeditor.” From The Millions.
- “Our Young-Adult Dystopia,” or, as I interpret it, Why the Hunger Games Sucks in Comparison to Tolkien. From The New York Times.
- I’ve never been so obsessed with a recipe for a food that I can longer eat without pain. Beth Kirby strikes again with her completely, ludicrously sensual piece about an all-natural, red velvet beet cake. “Lupercalia is, to my feeble Wikipedia fueled understanding, one of the ancient Roman festivals from which this, our bland ‘Valentine’s Day”, springs.” Obsessed.
With love — and a jaunt across an ocean —