What is a commonplace book? For me, this is a space where I post interesting links, reflections on what I’m reading, and the newest recipes I’ve been trying out — a collection of miscellaneous micro-posts.
What I’m fixing:
- I started shaping my sourdough into boules to be all fancy, but I haven’t attempted doing the cool venting designs because I am terrified that if I buy a lame* bread slashing tool someone small will find it and shank someone else small.
- In other sourdough news, I made these mushroom tartines and J fell in love with me all over again. It wasn’t hard but kind of a lot of work at the dinner time rush. Still, any excuse to buy and consume gruyere is most welcome.
What I’m reading:
- I loved this meditation on how much those wholesome things advertised as cost-saving actually cost, and why they might be worth it after all.
- The Two Shall Become One: The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Marriage. Because I’m tired of the typical examinations of conscience that just run through the Ten Commandments and then give you a pass. Haven’t murdered anyone so I guess I’m in the clear, guys.
- “Are Libraries Closing the Book on Late Fees?” (Daily Herald, s/o Prufrock) I never handled our library budget so I can’t weigh in on the mechanics of that, but I worked at two libraries, one which had a metal detector and levied late fees and one which didn’t bother with either. The latter was a warmer place where patrons seemed happy; at the first, when a metal detector went off the person was always mortified and collecting late fees could be embarrassing or contentious — plus occasionally barred patrons from using resources so that, for example, a teen mom couldn’t get GRE prep materials because she’d lost a book at 12 while in foster care. It was absurd. What’s your experience been, from either side of the circ desk?
- I’ve been quoting What’s Wrong with the World like crazy but I’m not actually loving it — it’s just that Chesterton is always eminently quotable. I thought it was going to introduce his ideas about distributism, which I encountered in Dorothy Day earlier this winter, and while it sort of alludes occasionally to his economic theory, so far it’s mostly arguing against women’s suffrage. Fun. Still:
“Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance.”
“All true friendliness begins with fire and food and drink and the recognition of rain or frost.”
- One year ago: “Experiments In Naps.” “I’m not pregnant,” it says in the lede, but SURPRISE! TURNS OUT I WAS.
- Two years ago: “On Moving” and saying goodbye to our old house.
*It’s called a lame. It’s not actually lame. Not that I would know because I’m too scared (lame?) to use one.