Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Need a break from turkey?

Is everyone in your family not on tip-top behavior at Thanksgiving? Is your 85-year-old uncle attempting to engage you in conversation about "those great Stephanie Meyer books"? I'm here to help you escape! (Mentally. I can't actually get you out of there.) Read these articles on your phone while you pretend to check the weather.

Like a good podcast on a road trip? Or for ignoring those around you, earbuds in place? Take a look at these 25 bookish podcasts. There's something for everyone here, from Disney to Drunk Booksellers.

PureWow offers some entertaining stories, including one from Grantland (RIP, Grantland) on the great Jan Hooks and a conversation between Gloria Steinem and the Notorious RBG.

From the LA Times, a few Thanksgivings in fiction. No matter how your day goes, these books will make you glad that no one got shot before lunch and that your mom does not own a brothel in the next town over.*

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

*If your mom owns a brothel in the next town over, or indeed in any town, I sincerely apologize. There's a lot to be said for the entrepreneurial spirit.


  1. I assume you think there is wifi in the pits of hell.

  2. Or a really wise use of your data plan.

  3. WHY DIDN'T I READ THIS LAST WEEK WHEN IT WOULD HAVE HELPED? Sorry for the shout, but I'm mad that I missed this in the midst of fam-madness.

  4. The good thing is that all of these distractions are applicable at Christmas.

    One thing that also would've been good to have last week is the latest episode of the Popcast Podcast. So much good advice. Like how to avoid advice at a family dinner: "Please pass me a roll and stop talking to me."

  5. That piece on Jan Hooks was magnificent. She was my favorite on SNL as a kid, but that was back in the day when celebrities could have a private life. I knew hardly anything about her.