What I'm Reading, Vol. Ten

Friday, August 30, 2013


It has been a crazy busy week, which is making me even more happy about the long weekend. I'm watching the clock until I can forget about projects, assignments, story pitches, and the news. We're headed to the mountains of Virginia this Labor Day weekend for three days of fellowship and relaxation. I can't wait to get there! I didn't have a chance to put together a links post for the weekend, so instead here is what I've been reading lately. If you've come across some interesting articles or books, by all means, please share in the comments below or link to your own What I'm Reading post. Have a great weekend!

The Jockey
At 55, Baze is near the outside edge of even a durable rider's working life span. People credit this longevity to his avoidance of serious injury, which may seem an odd thing to say of a man who has broken his cervical spine, pelvis, tailbone and collarbone and suffered multiple compression fractures in his back and neck. But jockeys often sustain far worse, and Base, having "hit the ground" well over 100 times, believes he has the benefit of an uncommonly resilient body and a conscientious guardian angel.

Southern Women
Southern women see no point in the hard way. Life is hard enough. So we add a little sugar to the sour. Which is not to suggest Southern women are disingenuous cream puffs. Quite the opposite. When you are born into a history as loaded as the South's, when you carry in your bones the controvertible knowledge of man's violence and limitations, daring to stay sweet is about the most radical thing you can do.

Johnny Cash and his prison reform campaign
This is one of the ironies of Cash's prison reform crusade. The very thing that made convicts connect with him, and US senators hang on his every word - the air of authenticity that stemmed from the belief he had served hard time himself - was in reality a misconception. His popularity, fueled by the desperado image, made him a refreshing antidote to the clean-cut pop stars of the era. Cash did little to dispel the growing myth around him.

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