Readathon // Dewey’s 24-hour readathon just finished up! Unfortunately, I’m sick yet again (a cold? maybe allergies?) so I didn’t participate as fully as I wanted to. Slept through much of the day, but did get some reading in throughout the evening into the wee hours of this morning. Here are the books I read during the readathon:
- The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (finished)
- Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (finished)
- Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (started)
Other Books Read This Week // I also finished Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman and read Girl at War by Sara Nović. C and I finished listening to Charlotte’s Web; the audiobook was narrated by E. B. White himself and was just delightful.
Musical Happenings // I have a harp ensemble rehearsal in Alabama this afternoon, concert is next week. We’ll see how that goes, considering my eyes are constantly watering. At the end of the week, I have a dinner with colleagues from our local MTNA chapter. We decided to go kid-friendly this year because, honestly? We’re all friends as well as colleagues. (We always joke that we need to have our executive board meetings at Chuck E. Cheese’s, but it hasn’t happened yet, ha!). So thankful to be part of a close-knit local group like this.
In the News // My spouse and I watched the Bruce Jenner interview together Friday evening for those who don’t already know: I’m demigender, my spouse is transgender). Jenner and family spoke with class, grace, and sincerity. I found his* sister Pam and his son Brandon’s comments especially moving. (*Always respect a trans person’s pronoun preference; for now, Jenner has requested the use of male pronouns.) Overall, national response seems to be positive and supportive. Locally, not so much. A local trans couple we know was interviewed for a brief story on the news here, and the comments are absolutely appalling. I know the general rule is “don’t read the comments” but, when something like this affects you personally, I think it’s smart to keep an eye on it. Regardless, we felt Jenner’s interview was very well done, and so important. If you saw the interview and want to learn more, I’d like to refer you to a transgender book list I compiled during Nonfiction November last year.