Friday Reads & Recommends: The Mad Men Edition
I don't know about you, but MY week was at the top of the Spectacularly Rotten column and who wants to talk about that? On to the links!
People are taking out loans for kindergarten. HOLY GEE.
Phillip sent me this article from Lifehacker: 10 Tips and Tools for Budding Web Designers. I usually find these "10 tips" articles tiring, but I thought this one was really helpful. Not that I am a budding anything, but I like to dabble, and this piece had a lot of great links and resources.
This Why Do We Love Don And Hate Betty article isn't that awesome, but the one minute "Betty Draper's Guide To Parenting" embedded within it is AWESOME.
Yet another article about too many interventions in childbirth, but I thought this one was really thought provoking in different-ish ways, and also I haven't seen anyone talking about it. Surely the internet is not tired of this subject! I agreed with most of it; then there was this chunk:
Ethicists love to talk about women's birthing choices as if they are informed and autonomous, but I can't count how many women have said to me that they "chose" pain medication during birth even though they were never told the risks of pain medication, never had anyone express confidence in them that they could birth without medication, and were never offered a doula to walk and talk them through the pain. What kind of "choice" is that? As Libby Bogdan-Lovis told me, "Today's average childbearing woman thinks the notion of an unmedicated birth is the equivalent of suggesting that women should eagerly embrace torture."
This bugs. I would really REALLY like to read a pro-unmedicated-birth lady's blog post about a truly hellacious birthing experience. I'm tired of the "oh, you could have done it if you had a doula!" or "your body is built to this!" stuff. I want someone to say, "Actually, it WAS torture. However! I would totally do it again!" I would gobble that up. I would respect that opinion. (Actually, LifeInTinyTown did this. And I respect that lady.)
Clearly I am still a teeny weeny bit sensitive to my OWN unmedicated birth experience and CLEARLY I have just deleted about ten paragraphs because this is not a blog post about unmedicated birth, this is a bunch of links! Shut up, Me! FTLOG!
On a completely different topic, I loved - LOVED - this post from Jen at Conversion Diary. I wanted to write a whole Catholic blog post around it, but I haven't had time to do much critical thinking today. Unless you count thinking up 900 different ways to yell at your kids to stop doing something. No seriously, I LOVED THIS POST.
Leonardo Da Vinci wasn't a Dumbledorian wizard type? This review of a Leonardo Da Vinci biography makes me want to read it yesterday.
I really liked The Hunger Games movie. David Thomson did not. Here's the first paragraph:
There are several spoilers in this review of The Hunger Games, and I’ll get them out of the way early. The film shows precious little hunger and no sense of game. It’s a terrible movie, but it grossed $68.25 million on its first Friday. So that’s where your teenage daughters were over the weekend—or what they told you. And that’s why film critics sometimes feel their own futility.
Spoilsport. (I did not love the books. I have several theories as to why I liked the movie so much, chief among them: it wasn't all Katniss's perspective.) (I hate it when movie reviews make me feel stupid.)
Last, I think this Eleanor Clift essay about Mad Men, but also about her experiences as a researcher at Newsweek in the 60s is SO FASCINATING! (Actually, have you seen Newsweek in the stands? With the retro design? Even their website got the 60s facelift. Fanboy much? Note: do not click on the My Lai article. I've lost my appetite and faith in humanity for the next ten years.)