I love a thoughtful link roundup as a way to discover the fantastic writing others are reading and sharing online. Here are my good reads from the week that was.
Not going to lie, I’m loving the attention our global neighbours are giving new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. See: paper dolls, some really spectacular dance moves and Emma Watson. And on a more serious note, can we collectively be impressed by how qualified, progressive and diverse his newly-sworn-in Cabinet is?
I’ve visited many incredible cathedrals in my time, but none rivals the Sagrada Familia. 133 years later, she’s finally nearing completion.
Long form: I’ve been on a bit of a non-fiction kick of late, and picked up Wednesday Martin’s Primates of Park Avenue after reading a glowing recommendation from Amy Chua (of the in-famous Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, a book I loved) and in spite of its god-awful cover. I love a tell-all memoir as much as the next person…
I started off enjoying this book but it went downhill a couple chapters in. Martin has a PhD in anthropology from Yale — and it shows in her application of this discipline’s theories to her “field work” observing the Upper East Side moms (which, again, started off as a fun construct, but started to feel force-fit and superficial further into the book).
I just couldn’t get beyond how the book smacked of privilege and a lack of irony — here’s a multi-millionaire outsider poking at the lifestyles of her billionaire neighbours. (The 30+ pages devoted to the author’s quest for a Birkin were particularly grating.) And in follow-up reading (which I always seem to do with non-fiction) I was dismayed to uncover more than one story that called into question the veracity of the entire memoir.
It’s too bad — because this book could have been a studied and self-critical look at the entrenched culture of privilege that permeates segments of many wealthy cities, especially given the author’s own vaulted status.
Other Roundups to Love
Molly Yeh’s Friday Links (updated Fridays)
Fathom’s Links We Love (updated Saturdays)
A Practical Wedding’s Happy Hour (updated Fridays)
Elise Blaha Cripe’s Weekend Links (updated Saturdays)
Food52’s Weekend Reading (updated Sundays)
101 Cookbooks’ Favorites List (last updated: 2015/08/08)
Good Reads on Some Infinite Thing is updated every Friday (or Saturday) morning.