This week I’ve been reading #14

My plan for today is to tackle the drafts folder of this blog, so hopefully frequent blogging services will resume around here. In the meantime, here is a round up of blog posts, articles and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.

The Secret Life of Passwords

Self-Care, in Theory and Practice

Read this and feel better – how inspirational guff invaded our lives

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse According To Margaret Atwood

Mary Beard wonders how the pleasantries we all inclue in emails came about – How to write an email

Roxane Gay has written two articles about Bill Cosby and the treatment of victims who come forward. Read them, read them again and then read as many of Roxane Gay’s previous essays as you can get your hands on – Art or Humanity: Thoughts on Bill Cosby and Bill Cosby and the rape accusers: stop looking away and start believing women

Continuing a theme from last week, another article about doping and tennis – Mailbag: Tennis’ flawed anti-doping program

A few articles about food, diet and body image – Food addiction: Retraining your brain to eat healthily, Detoxes and cleanses: Are they a science or a scam? and Louise McSharry:  My struggle with body image

I look forward to listening to Serial every week, but I know the podcast is not without its faults. This is one of  the best articles I have read about those issues – The Complicated Ethics Of ‘Serial,’ The Most Popular Podcast Of All Time

A few book related articles – Guardian first book award: the shortlist, 20 Under 40 Debut Writers You Need To Be Reading and 10 BOOK & TEA COMBOS TO CURL UP WITH

This week I’ve been reading #13

It has been a while, but it’s time for another round up of blog posts, articles and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.

Our gender swap wedding

The art of podcasting

Speaking of podcasts; have you been listening to ‘Serial’? – ‘Serial': An investigative journalism podcast becomes a cultural obsession

Whether you watch Love/Hate or not, and I haven’t since season two, it was hard to avoid the social media chatter about the season finale and one scene in particular – Love/Hate And The Response To *That* Rape Scene

A really good article, by Ewan MacKenna, about tennis, drug testing, the lack of drug testing and the shortcomings with the system – A racket with no net

A few articles about pregnancy, abortion and the laws surrounding the two – Pregnant, and No Civil Rights, Abortion: Not Easy, Not Sorry and Let’s Just Say It: Women Matter More Than Fetuses Do

About disordered eating and feminism – ‘I feel guilty but I hate my body': a feminist confesses and Purging

Two of my favourite things; perfume and the writing of Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway and Perfumes of 1925

Suzanne McGee on why she stopped book blogging and why she has returned – Tiptoeing Backing Into the Blogosphere…

This week I’ve been reading #12

It’s time for another round up of blog posts, articles and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.

12 Magazine Articles That Changed My Life

One man’s year of digital detox – Reboot Or Die Trying

In book related news – Man Booker Prize 2014 shortlist announced in full, Read This Before This: 10 Great Books Based on Other Great Books and Why today’s most exciting crime novelists are women

I think we’ve all uttered the words “don’t read the comments” at some point – Comment sections are poison: handle with care or remove them

An excerpt from Sali Hughes’ upcoming book Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty CompanionSali Hughes: the essential guide to staying ahead of the beauty game

On Ghostbusters and its relationship with New York – Nobody Steps On A Church In My Town

I’ve a mixed relationship with women’s magazines and Cosmopolitan in particular, but I do see its recent interest in politics as somewhat of a return to the Cosmopolitan of Helen Gurley Brown’s time. Which is no bad thing. Here is Jill Filipovic’s response to conservative commentators who don’t think it’s a good idea – Is Politics Beyond Cosmopolitan’s Purview?

I’ll always have a soft spot for Friends, mainly because of Matthew Perry, but the endless reruns have left me reaching for remote as soon as I see so much as an ad for it. Maybe I’ll revisist it some day, who knows? – The hunting of the snark: Friends, 20 years on

On Tupac, his friendship with Mike Tyson, gang violence and Chris Carroll; the first cop on the scene the night Shakur was shot – The Last Words of Tupac Shakur


This week I’ve been reading #11

It’s time for a round up of blog posts, articles and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.

What People With Depression Want You To Know -

Famous Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

Francois Nars is celebrating 20 years of his make-up line – and he’s still ahead of the game

I was eleven when Empire Records was released, but it quickly became one of my favourite films when I discovered it a few years later – How “Empire Records” Became The Unlikely Film Of A Generation

Some book recommendations – 10 New Must-Reads for September and 46 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read In A Day

On anxiety and those “[insert name here] is typing…” text bubbles – Bubbles Carry A Lot of Weight

I’ve included some of Rebecca’s essays before, I really enjoy her xoJane series and I’m often surprised, relieved and/or left teary-eyed when she articulates something that I have struggled to put into words myself – DISPATCHES FROM THE PROZAC RABBIT HOLE: What It’s Like When Everyone Knows You Have Anxiety

On life, fitness, illness and finding fitness again – On becoming and unbecoming an athlete

Cinefix have compiled what they deem the 100 most iconic shots in movies – 100 Most Iconic Shots of All Time

If you want to know what all the movies are, you’ll find a labelled version of the video here

This week I’ve been reading #10

It’s time for another round up of blog posts, articles and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.

A previously unpublished chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

A Brief History of Texting in Movies

On social media, memoir and how we tell our life stories – A Memoir Is Not a Status Update

On running and dealing with mental health issues – ‘Running helps me cope with post-traumatic stress disorder’

This is beautiful and left me a little teary-eyed – More than 60 years later, a love note from a familiar stranger

Song lyrics written as if they were Sonnets – Pop Sonnets

This post about rape culture is worth taking the time to read and share – Rape (Culture): A Dirty Little Word

It’s good to see beauty bloggers talk about products they have problems with. Here are two posts about a brand that has been popping up all over my social media timelines lately – Fuschia Makeup and Fuschia Make-Up and my two cents on private labelling

If, like me, you are always looking for books to read (you should see my ridiculously long to-read list) then here are some recommendations. I’ve already read a few from this list, with Jennifer Johnston’s  ‘How Many Miles To Babylon?’ being my favourite so far – Ten Irish books that will change you

An interesting article on whether people with Coeliac Disease (or Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivities) need to avoid gluten in beauty products. I think it’s something that doctors don’t know enough about meaning the advice given can be a bit hit and miss. One doctor laughed at me for worrying about such nonsense because I don’t eat moisturiser, another told me to only avoid gluten in lip products and a third doctor told me that avoiding anything containing oats should be enough. It has been six years since my diagnosis and I’m still trying to figure out what products work for me  – Do Your Beauty Products Really Need To Be Gluten-Free?

I’m still unsure how I feel about the development of a nail polish that changes colour when it comes into contact with certain drugs (Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB). It is a clever idea, no doubt.  Setting aside the depressing fact that anyone thought it was needed in the first place, it does kind of feel like the onus is, once again, on women to prevent sexual assault – The Date Rape Drug Detecting Nail Polish…Thoughts?Some questions about Undercover Colors anti-rape nail polish and Why is it easier to invent anti-rape nail polish than find a way to stop rapists?