It’s been a long and busy two weeks! Language classes started back up, and I’ve been spending several days going to movies/talks/dinner/protests with friends. Kind of exhausting, and also not good for being productive with a blog and writing.
But I’m back at it, and this week we have “Weekly Reads and One Podcast.”
“The Infamous Tale of the Murderous Chemistry Professor” — JSTOR Daily:
Here’s a little fascinating tale of the murder of a prominent Boston doctor and benefactor of Harvard’s Medical College in the 1840s by a “hot-headed” Chemistry professor. The article reminds me a lot of a historical mystery book, and I think this would a really fun story to fictionalise. I’m imagining the book cover in an Edward Gorey style.
“Six Stories of Stunning Passports from Countries that No Longer Exist” — Atlas Obscura:
Passports have always fascinated me, even as a child. I think this fascination came from a desire to travel that I had even as an 8-year-old. It wasn’t until I came across this article about a passport collection that I even thought that passports were something that could be collected. And what a fascinating thing to collect! Atlas Obscura boils down some stories and background of rare passports from the website Passport Collector.
It’s only been in the last year that I’ve been really into listening to podcasts. This last week, bored of the podcasts that I’ve been listening to months on end, I decided to browse Itunes for something new to listen to. That’s how I came across Don’t Keep Your Day Job, a podcast that interviews creatives who have started their own businesses. I’ve found it really inspiring, even though I have no interest in starting my own business. It definitely helped me get out of this creative slump I’ve had these last few weeks.