“Any fool can do something cool and look cool, but it takes skill to make something uncool cool again.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

My online reading tends to fall into four main categories: books/art, politics, fashion, and simple living/small wardrobes. (Yes, I totally see the irony in the latter two.) Some of my favorite blogs in these areas do a “weekly reads” post, in which they link several interesting posts from other writers in their subject area. (If you’re interested, here’s one of my favorite fashion blogs doing this and here’s my favorite simple living blog doing it.)

I aim to put together a collection here, in what I’m calling “Roundup of Cool” because these are all things I found cool, provocative, or interesting. The topics will usually be about books, reading, or writing, but occasionally there will be an oddball post that is too good not to pass on. And with that, here is my very first Roundup of Cool. Enjoy!

Creative people: Here are six tips for making it small.

Female writers from the Middle East are using poetry as an anti-weapon response to war.

Ann Patchett on writing about one’s family and what writers must do to take care of our industry.

The wonderful Belle Boggs asks about her daughter: Which road will she choose? in “The Book That Taught Me What I Want to Teach My Daughter,” a smart essay on motherhood for women who are too cool to read essays on motherhood.

Have you ever wondered: What do cities sound like? 

A beautiful piece on family, home, and illness.

And here’s my wildcard article. The fact that I’m Facebook friends with my mother, my children’s teachers, my husband’s work colleagues and my childhood church Youth Group leader kept me from posting this to Facebook directly, and it’s too hilarious not to share.

 

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