Amuse-Bouches [Links I Love]: August 8 – August 14


Here’s the latest list of stuff I found interesting on the interwebz, August 8 through August 14:

  • Anaïs Nin on Life, Hand-Lettered by Artist Lisa Congdon
    These illustrations of Anaïs Nin quotes are, indeed, beautiful – but it's the last quote that caught my attention, and it was the words, not even the illustration:

    "All of my creation is an effort to weave a web of connection with the world; I am always weaving it because it was once broken."

  • A Quick Guide to Italian English: You’ll be Fluent in No Time!
    It's so true – there's Italian, there's English, and then there's a (growing) list of English words that have been Italianized, sometimes with meanings that have no relation to their English origins. It's a linguistic minefield!
  • MARS 360 Panorama
    As a matter of fact, YES, this IS the most awesome thing I've seen in YEARS. The tire tracks? In that red sand? ON MARS? I just … I can't … Is this blowing your mind? Cuz it should be.

    (via @everywhereist on Twitter)

  • Wife stealing, compulsive chewing and artisanal carving – the cool history of ice in America
    You probably wouldn't have thought the history of ice was an interesting one – and yet? It is.

    (via @TravelBlggr on Twitter)

  • So Your Kid Wants To Be A Writer
    Here are three great tips for you parents out there if your kid decides (horror of horrors) that he or she wants to be a writer. But y'know what? They're also damned good tips if you want to be a writer, too, even if you don't have parents willing to pay for your self-published book.

    (via @kaytsukel on Twitter)

  • How One Chicago School Got Every Low-Income Student to College
    Okay. So while I find this story incredibly inspiring, I'm a little annoyed that the reason the author gives for why this doesn't happen in regular public schools – the "inherent barriers" he mentions – are unions. Unions aren't perfect, but surely there's more to the gridlock in the US's public schools than just unions. That seems like a much-too-convenient place to lay all the blame.

    (Not to mention – maybe if we put more of a priority on paying teachers in this country better than, say, athletes, the unions wouldn't feel like they needed to fight so hard for their jobs.)

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