Weekly Reading Recap

Carlos Danger has been quite a part of our lives these days... by John Cuneo for New Yorker. We've also done a lot of reading about him, but we'll spare you the details.

Since reading and sharing articles long and short, for work and for leisure are such a big part of our life, we thought it would be fun to keep a weekly tally of the interesting things that we are reading each week.

I just finished reading "The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss, a beautiful, if at times hard to follow combination of stories: one about Leo, an old man who lost his love and the only book he ever wrote in the holocaust, the other about a teenage girl Alma, named after the main character Leo's book who becomes obsessed with finding the real Alma. Next up: a Visit from the Goon Squad.

News / non-fiction / blogs:
Because of my love of salt, this article from May (which I only got around to reading this week) made me happy.
I can't help but follow the fast food worker strike. Here's Mark Bittman on the topic and here is his own food labor reading list.
This blog entry about two American moms living and parenting in DRC.
This house. And this one as it gets redone.
Adam Platt on why restaurants getting louder and louder. This is particularly interesting to me, as my dad is hard of hearing after working 50 years in a sheet metal shop. We have a really hard time finding a restaurant that is quiet enough for him to be able to hear people speak.  I worry about my dad being able to hear, and knowing what loud noises have done to my dad's hearing, I also worry about my own hearing and that of the wait staff.  If you don't feel like reading you can listen to Platt on WNYC.
Thinking about why no economists seem to want to answer the question: Why is Haiti so poor? 
And on a less serious note, but nearly as important - we have also been leafing through the newest Ikea Catalogue

Dave is reading about Operation Easter EggSandy reconstruction on the Jersey Shore, Malian music seeks refuge at the Lincoln Center.

Next week we'll try not to be quite so New York-centric. I promise. Maybe Dave won't.