Happy Fathers Day! I’m excited that this Sunday I will actually be able to see my dad for the first Father’s Day in a long time. I’ve seen a lot of best of fictional father’s lists around the web in celebration of the day. The two characters on most lists are Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird and Arthur Weasley from the Harry Potter series. I always liked Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. Even though he might not be the best dad, but Austen certainly gave him some great one liners. I would love to hear who your favorite fictional dad in the comments. But I digress. If you have a little time away from your father and find yourself with some free internet time, may I suggest these links:
- The Onion and Joyce Carol Oats offered the following advice for aspiring authors: If You Wish To Be A Writer, Have Sex With Someone Who Works In Publishing
- I read a really interesting blog post on You’re Only A Writer When discussing The Great Gatsby as a great American Novel. The post asserts that every great American novel is made up of a first person narrator telling someone else’s story. I can’t decide if I agree or disagree.
- On HuffPost Books, author Peter Jones shared six tips for happiness from his book How to Do Everything and Be Happy.
- Conversely, here is an article from Scientific American citing the importance of experiencing negative emotions.
- Kelly Jensen wrote a guest post for Book Riot with a list of YA books that have a feminist theme. I especially want to read Bumped, by Megan McCafferty. If you are still looking for something to read check out this post from Cross(stich) Your Heart.
- Jonathan Safran Foer wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times titled How Not to Be Alone, which I recommend reading.
- I am more than a little obsessed with Joanna Goddard from Cup of Jo and I am very much obsessed with baby names, which makes me very interested in this post by Joanna and this article by her husband Alex Williams on their struggles to come up with a boy name for their second child.
- A new blog I found out about last week is Sitting in Bars with Cake about a girl searching for a boyfriend by bringing cakes to bars. I love the tag line “if you bake it they will come.” Brillant.