Weekly Roundup August 23 – August 29

Welcome to the weekly roundup on Ink in the Archives! Every week I will share what I’ve been up to and interested in and ask you to fill me in on your week too.

Eventful Events and Happening Happenings

This weekend I’m heading out to our cabin! I baked a bunch of goodies to take with us, and I’m ready to go and get some work done out in the woods. Other than that, this week was mostly focused on school stuff.

Books Read

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett A tale of two twin sisters, one of whom passes for white and the other who has a very dark skinned daughter. I really loved the way this book was written, the complexity of the characters, and the way it avoided easy answers, judgments, or identities.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

One Day in December by Josie Silver This romance took place over a much longer time period than a normal romance book. The feelings that other books expect characters to develop over the course of weeks or months develop over years in this book, and that was really interesting to see.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Movies Watched

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) Starring an older Vivien Leigh, this movie is mostly set in Rome after Mrs. Stone loses her husband. Based on a Tennessee Williams novel it shows a May-December type of romance. Honestly, I don’t think Williams writes really sympathetic women, and it shows in this film. Although the film is definitely interesting, I wouldn’t say it’s very likable.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) I really enjoyed this little indie film starring Aubrey Plaza as a magazine intern doing a story on a man who think he’s built a time machine. It’s a bit of a dark comedy and Plaza’s signature intensity and weirdness is used to great effect in this film. Although I really liked the music and acting, I thought the cinematography left a lot to be desired.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Links/Articles

Please know that I’m not paid for my opinions about anything. I just like to share things that strike me as interesting, useful, or engaging.

I love a good heist story and I think it’s pretty obvious I love libraries, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy this article from the Smithsonian about an 8 million dollar library heist.

‘The director of the University of Pittsburgh Libraries, Kornelia Tancheva, wrote that a rare book theft, “especially from a public library, is an egregious crime against the integrity of the cultural record and against the public good.”’

Article by Travis McDade

I mean who wouldn’t love a local library cat? This article talks about how they’re doing during the pandemic.

How was your week? Let me know in the comments!

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