I hope it helps
It's been a minute (and by "a minute" I mean "a few months")
Keeping it short & sweet because I simply do not have the time/patience/energy to write something about nothing, and you don’t have the time/patience/energy to read something about nothing either!
Instead, I’m saving all my time/patience/energy for the next one, a special edition of Rachroobear Recommends as it (me) celebrates our 1 year anniversary of existence!
Lots of recommendations below this sweet pic of Georgie & Wally doing Georgie & Wally.
Watching: Search Party | Taskmaster | Insecure | Inside Out | The Lost Daughter
Reading: “The Movie Star and me” | The hottest food scene where you can’t actually eat anything | “Have We Forgotten How to Read Critically?” | A haunting examination of how running fails Black America (This essay is from 2020 and centers on the murder of Ahmaud Arbery; if you haven’t read it, put it at the top of your list!)
Eating: Scrambled tofu, which tastes better than it sounds | Beans and Greens Stew With Doenjang | A Cheesy White Bean-Tomato Bake that tastes like pizza | A number of recipes from the cookbook, The Weekday Vegetarians | A whole lotta halloumi
Phrase I learned this week: “vide poche”
A few ~personal~ updates: From March through May, I’ll be teaching a number of virtual writing classes. If you or someone you know is looking for a safe space to explore your creative writing practice, check out the following:
Beginnings: How to Bring Readers into your Novel from Page 1
I recently published a review of Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again for the San Francisco Chronicle.
And, through Empowerment Avenue, (a program that pairs incarcerated writers with writers on the outside who help facilitate the pitch, revision, and compensation processes of freelance journalism), I helped Christopher Blackwell and his co-author publish this inspiring piece about the environmental programs in their Washington State Prison.
Things I am still thinking about: This AllTrails review I read in December:
“I hope it helps” 🥺
ttyl, xoxo, etc.,