Hello. It’s been a heck of a week–I spent 40 hours either traveling or in California earlier this week, and then proceeded to come home and ugly-cry during the Olympics Opening Ceremonies. (As I’ve said on social media, national anthems + it being the national anthem of my native country + traditional instruments + KID CHOIR = absolutely lethal for my tear ducts.) Today I was #saturdaylibrarian, and tonight I’m going to settle in and watch some skiing and curling and stuff.
Next week is Lunar New Year–not just for the Chinese, but for Koreans and Vietnamese people, too–and I’m of a mind to make pajeon and watch the Olympics that day. (Yum.) And next week is also the beginning of Lent–Ash Wednesday is on the 14th (yes, on Valentine’s Day!), and I’m trying to figure out a good discipline for this year. Someone turned me on to The Common Rule and I’m thinking of going that direction.
- This is such a fun idea for a birthday party or birthday gift.
- This week Congress officially recognized the origins of the song “Kumbaya”–the Gullah Geechee people from Georgia.
- Food historian Michael Twitty talks about the food of enslaved people in the southern U.S.
- On the origins of the musical South Pacific.
- A conversation at work reminded me of this excellent video of a red panda.
- The Nicholas Brothers tap dance and will blow your mind.
- The music video for Justin Timberlake’s new song “Say Something” was directed by La Blogotheque, who has been doing great work for ages–check out Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, Johnny Flynn, and Sufjan Stevens, among others.
- George Clinton and Killer Mike, in conversation.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!