Friday Links

We’ve reached the stage of a very hot week where the temperature doesn’t quite drop to a reasonable point during the night — it was 81 degrees already when I got up at 6:30 — and my air conditioner struggles to keep up with the extreme heat. It’s very tempting to camp out at the movie theater all day. Instead, I’m going to get some work done at home this morning, and then transplant myself to the public library and enjoy their AC and free wifi until they kick me out for the holiday weekend. At which point I may or may not seriously reconsider my weekend line up of activities, many of which take place outdoors. *pout*

But enough of my heat-induced whining. I bring you Friday Links! Also, don’t forget to stop by Wednesday’s blog post and let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to talk about in coming weeks. I’ve already got a few lovely suggestions, but I’m happy to take more. Wishing you all a lovely Labor Day weekend here in the US, and a lovely regular weekend if you’re in some other part of the world.

Why Teach English? – An interesting look in the decline in English (and Humanities) majors in recent years.

The Duke Professor Who Secretly Wrote Romance Novels – A fun NPR interview with professor/romance author Katharine Ashe.

On the Pleasures and Solitudes of Quiet Books – Not all books need a big, noisy hook.

Three Signs You’re Not Writing Enough – Amusing and accurate.

What Scholastic Reading Club Flyer Do You Remember? – I have such fond memories of getting these little catalogs in elementary school, and I still own a number of the books I bought through them.