Overwhelmed by the number of quality podcasts out there? Have limited time?
About the only time I have for podcast listening is when I’m in the car, on a long trip. So I’m pretty selective about the programs I queue up. I recently discovered a free newsletter, Podcast Review, that tells me about the week’s best podcast episodes. They also have curated lists, like 5 Podcasts to Listen to in July and The 20 Best Episodes of Planet Money. It’s by the folks at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Learn about the physical traits that define men and women in literature [sweet and slim, greasy and grim]
Over at The Pudding, Erin Davis selects 2,000 books, spanning Pulitzer-winning classics to pulpy bestsellers, and runs them through a software to extract physical descriptions of men and women. Unsurprisingly, writerly descriptions tend to be gendered. Hair is twice as likely to be mentioned for women characters, and for men, it’s the chest or jaw. Take a look.
Start a shared journal with family or friends
Waffle is a shared journal that you keep with others. While billed for “long-distance family” I see no reason why you can’t use it with anyone you care about, no matter where they live (especially during times of social distancing). Caveat: the app is still in beta, but it’s also free.