What We’re Reading This Week — Rebecca
What I’m reading this week is what Josh and Jenn have told me to read! Josh mentioned Dataclysm (Crown, September)on Twitter a while back, and I’m fascinated and horrified in equal measure by the behaviors and preferences and data-driven insights Christian Rudder reveals from information collected at his company OKCupid and other big social networks. This is Big Data broken down to look at how the actions of a whole bunch of individuals add up to social movements and racism and all kinds of interesting, problematic stuff. I don’t love all of it, but I can’t look away.
And for something *completely* different and crazy compelling, I’ve just started A Girl is a Half-formed Thing based on Jenn’s recommendation. Too early to say anything substantial, but I’m enjoying it so far.
There’s something wrong with the teens in this town! And everyone’s worried about the girls and the puberty and oh my god… Megan Abbott has this way of taking our collective high school yearbook and jury-rigging it into a bear trap.
- Paul on THE FEVER by Megan Abbott [Episode 72]
Bookrageous Favorites Out Today!
The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman — The final book in a trilogy we’ve discussed approximately 7 zillion times.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay — Essays on feminism, race, pop culture, personal quirks, and why it’s OK to be a contradiction sometimes.
"I’m eating dinner with the man I slept with two years ago, last year, and maybe this year, too. We’re sitting at a weathered picnic table, gorging ourselves on spicy fish tacos and beer. We don’t usually eat out when we see each other because he doesn’t ever have any money."
The assignment was to eat in a restaurant and write a restaurant review that is not a restaurant review. I ended up writing a short story. Read Cafe de la Esquina over at The Morning News.
(It’s really shocking I wrote some fiction involving food, isn’t it.)
Tigerman by Nick Harkaway is this week’s Bookrageous Favorite. It’s out now! We could not love it more! Read it!