Weekend Review: Li'l Donald, Essentialism, and the Need for Me Too

We've survived another week. Ain't it grand?

Amber and I are packing our bags, hopping a plane to [insert undisclosed destination] sans kids. We've not been alone together in what seems like years, and I'm looking forward to this little retreat.

The kids? Don't worry. We're leaving bologna in the fridge, and have instructed them to make sure to go to bed by 10:00 every night. They'll be fine.

How about you? Do you have some big plans on the weekend horizon? Before you get to them, do you need a little distraction? Say no more; I'm here to help.

Check out this week's book, podcast, and link recommendations.


I love books. If someone offered me a job wherein I holed up in a spartan room with a floor lamp and a tea kettle, and was tasked with reading and reviewing a few thousand books, I'd take it--no questions asked.

I'm reading a few good books these days (mostly fiction), but allow me to make this recommendation: Essentialism. It might be the second most important book in my life at the current juncture. Buy it now; ask questions later.


This week, I had the pleasure of joining Modern Miss Darcy on her book Podcast. My appearance won't be published until next week, but in the meantime, get caught up on her show, "What Should I Read Next?"


Did you know that Charlottesville, Virginia was ranked as the happiest city in America? But how did the surveyors quantify "happy," and what does that mean for the people of Charlottesville? As Will McDavid observes in his piece for Mockingbird,

"if you live somewhere where you should be happy or where everyone else around you is happy, you’re more likely to delude yourself into perceiving your level of happiness as higher than it actually is."

Bill Flanagan of The New Yorker stretches his imagination, writes a scene straight from Donald Trump's elementary classroom.

“You want ME to tell the class? Excuse me—aren’t you supposed to be the teacher? I think we can all agree that, if anyone around here is going to tell the class the square root of a hundred and forty-four, you should be the one to do it. If you even know the square root of a hundred and forty-four—which, frankly, I have my doubts.”

Peter Englert offered a review of Coming Clean this week, and I appreciated this thought:

I wonder if we need to hear more stories. Not for advice, but to experience the “me too” of life. Debunking the lie of isolation falls flat when we encounter someone in a similar situation.

People ask why I write, why I freelance, or craft books, or spend hours on a letter to a friend. Andrea Tsurumi puts it best in this interview with 99u.

But remember the bit about it being a labor of love? I know I love this. I don’t know if that’s enough to build a thriving and lasting career on, but it’s definitely something to build a life on.


Watch this. You won't be sorry.


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