The Week’s Most Popular Posts: November 25-29, 2013

Let’s take a look back at the most popular posts from the week that was….


franz kafka beetle brooch

A beetle brooch made from pages of a worn-out copy of The Metamorphosis! It’s so meta, I can’t stand it.

From 10 Pieces of Franz Kafka Swag by Amanda Nelson


Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

From 10 Literary Quotes For Thanksgiving by Rebecca Joines Schinsky


Bookish Ornament 2

This ornament project is a little-bit more labor intensive and a require a slightly higher level of skill. (via Loving City Living)

From 7 Bookish Crafts To Put You in the Christmas Spirit by Cassandra Neace


Jeanette Solomon: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

For very personal reasons, I wish I’d read this book when it first came out in—was it really?—1999. Instead, I read it for the first time a decade later, at the age of 26. Speak stands alongside Tori Amos’ “Silent All These Years” (which I did have as a ‘90s teen) as a testament to the power of putting our experiences into words, and of choosing when and how to do that very hard thing, then owning the choice. There have been novels since in which the protagonist self-silences, but Melinda’s struggle feels the most real (without ever turning maudlin), especially the scene where she goes into her closet, stuffs fabric from her clothing into her mouth, and screams and screams. This book is extremely powerful and, indeed, empowering.

From The Books We’re Thankful For by Josh Corman


and the most popular posts at our sister site, Food Riot:

thanksgiving turkey

  1. Check the sign-up board for your office Thanksgiving potluck the day before and realize no one has signed up to make the turkey.
  2. Hope someone else has the same realization and will volunteer before you have to.
  3. Agree to make the turkey on your way out the door for the day.
  4. Hyperventilate when you realize that it will be impossible to find a non-frozen turkey anywhere.
  5. Google “quick ways to defrost a turkey.” 

How To Cook Your First Thanksgiving Turkey…In 101 Simple Steps 



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