When it comes to Mark Rubin Writes, the two comments I get most often are “when do you find the time” and “I can’t keep up.” In fact, less than 24 hours ago I got the second comment from someone very close to me, who said “maybe you shouldn’t write so often.” On that one I responded (to her and, by posting here, to all of you all):
Read what you want/have time to read. There’s no quiz or test!
And on the first point—and yes, it is Wednesday, and I am in curator mode—I don’t sleep much. Which is why I related to The Benefits of Lucid Dreaming by The Wall Street Journal online from 8/12. Interesting stuff, and for me it resonated. I’m no expert in this area, for sure, but I’ve always understood the important of REM sleep, which is the state when dreaming occurs. Lucid dreaming involves controlling your dreams, and that sounds like a good thing.
This week has turned into a home-based version of The Wednesday Curator. Here’s a piece I enjoyed about marriage—One Theory of Marriage and Kids: “Very Cute in the Abstract”—by Emma Green for The Atlantic on last December.
From current affairs, there’s been a hub-bub about birth control in several Senate campaigns. Apparently, several republican Senate candidates are trying to find a satisfactory position on birth control in the face of Hobby Lobby. The favored approach? OTC pills. “Not so fast” seems to be the favored positions of commentators. Here’s Paul Waldman for the Washington Post, with Don’t Be Fooled by New GOP Enthusiasm for Over-the-Counter Birth Control on 9/8. And for less gentle commentary on the same issue, read GOP’s Crude Birth Control Fake: Here’s Who They May Fool (Hint: It’s Not Women) by Joan Walsh for Salon on 9/8.
And for those who are aging, ready to give up the house and the things, David Wallis reports on traveling retirees in Increasingly, Retirees Dump Their Possessions and Hit the Road, written for the New York Times and appearing on August 29. Not sure about that one, but it seems like it works for many people!
In closing, I offer cookies in two forms. First, try The Black-and-White Cookie’s Curious History from Eater on 6/2, by Robert Sietsema. If you’re from New York, Jewish or not, you know from the black and white, but Mr. Sietsema has some information I, for one, was unaware of. Then, check out Spelt, Oat, and Muscovado Sugar Digestive Biscuits by Serious Eats kitchen correspondent—that’s a cool job title—Jennifer Latham. Spelt is not gluten free, so if you have celiac spru, this one won’t work for you, but the writing on spelt suggests positive value, relative to more traditional wheat flours.