With tragic news reaching us every day from across the globe, it remains as important as ever to commit to caring about what’s going on in the world. But knowing how to do that isn’t necessarily straight-forward.

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In lieu of sharing links to my favourite short pieces, I thought I’d share the books I’ve been enjoying recently, including ‘Made for More’ by Hannah Anderson, and some classic P.G. Wodehouse.

You know the mantra: ‘work before play’? Well I’ve lived by it my entire life, and it’s trained me to think of anything worthwhile and profitable and productive (aka, work) as something that I have to do before I can have fun – not something that can be fun and joyful and fulfilling in itself. I’m working to correct this, because hard isn’t antithetical to fun.

Nina Garcia, The One Hundred, Little Black Dress

This book sounded like it would have some helpful advice along these lines (‘A guide to the pieces every stylish woman must own’ is the subtitle), and since I have often found myself envying Nina Garcia’s ability to look so stylish and put together in such a non-fussy way, my curiosity was piqued.

My favourite reads from The New Yorker, Storyline Blog, New York Times and World, covering topics from Scottish independence to learning to write before making the bed.

My favourite reads this week from around the Internet, including an essay on reading to impress yourself from The New Yorker, to how to introduce yourself at parties, from the Storyline Blog.

Despite my grandiose ideals about the value of news consumption, I’ve spent most of my life failing to actually live up to them. Maybe I’m just lazy. Maybe I’m apathetic. Or maybe all my reasons for keeping up with the news fall short of actually giving me a really good reason.