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
I don’t normally get very personal on this blog–I like to focus more on what I’m doing than how I’m feeling. But my family has just gotten news this week that my Dad needs major surgery. His prognosis is really good, but it’s still scary any time people need surgery. My anxiety level is basically through the roof (it’s always pretty high to be perfectly honest). But he’s going to have the surgery and get much better, and I’m really grateful that we know what the problem is and how it can be solved.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury I do really like Bradbury’s work (especially his short stories), but his books are really focused on male experiences and suggest that women are somehow not thinkers in the same way men are–that they are more content because they are more connected to the world. I think this combined with a lack of complex female characters makes his writing a little hard for me to connect with. I did however think that this book makes great October reading when the dark carnival arrives in this small town right before Halloween. A little bit of horror and magic never goes amiss in my opinion.
Manly Meals and Mom’s Home Cooking: Cookbooks and Gender in Modern America by Jessamyn Neuhaus As the title suggests, this book looks at cooking and why and how it has historically been gendered. After reading a lot of academic writing in the past month, I really appreciated how approachable this book was. It was really pleasurable to just read, which is my favorite kind of academic writing. I also think that this book filled a gap in scholarship by focusing on how cooking was gendered by examining how cookbooks were marketed towards men, and what those cookbooks were saying about how men and women were different kinds of cooks.
Not much in the way of movies this week
East Side Sushi (2015) A young Mexican American woman dreams of becoming a chef but life’s immediate needs are getting in the way. In search of something new, she interviews for a job in a sushi restaurant. This is feel good film at its finest–and like my favorite feel good films it involves cultural exchange and lovely shots of food. Streaming on Netflix.
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.
Have you gotten your ballot yet? Make sure you vote, and vote early! As motivation, here’s the most adorable get out the vote video from my favorite yoga teacher, Adrienne Mishler starring her blue heeler, Benji.
I thought this article about diversity and cultural appropriation in children’s books by Katie Yee in the LA Review of Books was really well written and I like how it avoids easy answers.
How was your week? Let me know in the comments!