–June Jumble of Links–


–Page from Elena Ferrante manuscript via The Paris Review

I enjoyed reading this interview with Elena Ferrante posted by The Paris Review. I happened to have read recently the two books she most talks about to a couple of journalists. I was quite shocked to see this interview as Elena Ferrante is a pen name and this author is very private. If you have not read any of her books, you should.

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–shale outcrop along the Trinity River (assuming pic by Ben Sandifer)

Dallas and Texas have recently had a very rainy May and the drought-stricken lakes are now full and/or overflowing. Going to look at the high levels of the Trinity River is currently the thing to do. While waiting for the runoff election that will have a major impact on the river’s fate, read about the river’s Elm Fork from the perspective of a canoeist as a group heads toward the Great Trinity Forest, the largest urban bottomland hardwood forest in the country. Interesting fact: the Trinity River is the longest river that flows entirely in Texas (710 miles).

Here is a link to a new game that you can waste some time playing, courtesy of fashion blogger Garance Doré. I already have.



I am looking forward to reading the book Language Arts by Stephanie Kallos very soon. Publication date is Tuesday, June 9, 2015! Ms. Kallos is one of my favorite authors. From Amazon:

The new novel from the best-selling author of Broken for You spins the stories of a dedicated teacher, his enigmatic son, and a wartime survivor into an affecting tale of love, loss, and handwriting.

Charles Marlow teaches his high school English students that language will expand their worlds. But linguistic precision cannot help him connect with his autistic son, or with his ex-wife, who abandoned their shared life years before, or even with his college-bound daughter who has just flown the nest. He’s at the end of a road he’s traveled on autopilot for years when a series of events forces him to think back on the lifetime of decisions and indecisions that have brought him to this point. With the help of an ambitious art student, an Italian-speaking nun, and the memory of a boy in a white suit who inscribed his childhood with both solace and sorrow, Charles may finally be able to rewrite the script of his life.

Sometimes the most powerful words are the ones you’re still searching for.


Mood music!

Lastly, I am taking the rest of June off from blogging. See you in July!