Weekly Culture Roundup: Staying Cool in August

Weekly Culture Roundup: Staying Cool in August

Hello August!  I can't believe you're here!

This week in politics has been insane, to say the least, but I prefer not to dwell.

Instead, fixate on this:

1. The NYTimes special section on the TOTAL. SOLAR. ECLIPSE.  Get all the deets and feel extra guilty that you aren't going to see it.  

 I love this cover illustration by  Geoff Mcfetridge

I love this cover illustration by Geoff Mcfetridge

2.  The NYTimes again with Dr. Carla Hayden (my idol) in this By the Book interview.  

Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13.
— Library of Congress website

I chose a couple of her responses/book recommendations:

1.  All Americans should read... A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel, "about what happens when reading is suppressed."

2.  A book that made her cry... If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin (Happy Bday!)

3.  Most interesting recent read... When Books Went to War, by Molly Guptill Manning

4.  Book that made her a reader... Bright April by Marguerite de Angeli...

I often talk about my favorite book, which is “Bright April,” by Marguerite de Angeli. It was about a young African-American girl who was a Brownie with pigtails. And that was me. It was the first book I remember where I really saw myself. I think books are so important as windows to other worlds, but they can and should also be mirrors. For young readers to see themselves in something important like a book, that really makes an impression.
— Carla Hayden, NYTimes By the Book

YES!!!!  I get REAL JAZZED about this topic.  For help finding books that are "mirrors" for my students of color, I follow Here Wee Read and We Need Diverse Books on Instagram. 

3. The whole internet on "August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month."  

 Ouch. Don't remind me!  image via  Mother Magazine

Ouch. Don't remind me!  image via Mother Magazine

I'm a little sick of this topic, but here are two pieces that got me pumped... yeah, had to.

Breastfeeding is for over-achievers

 - Women share their horror stories of pumping at work and it's not pretty.  If I had a dollar for every time I saw a cockroach scurry by while I pumped in the supply closet, $$$$$$$$$!  Yucktown.  (thanks for sharing, Tricia)

4.  NYMag and Who What Wear with some beauty and fashion inspiration.

- Best No Makeup Look Products-  I love this and want to try this.

 the "No-Makeup" look

the "No-Makeup" look

 Zara's Long Sleeved Cross Front Blouse

Zara's Long Sleeved Cross Front Blouse

I've got plans to stay cool all month long.  How about you, mom? 

Cover photo by Cathleen Cramer

Hey, Cool Mom! with Molly Graber

Hey, Cool Mom! with Molly Graber

Fashion Friday:  Throwing Shade with Cool Mom Hats

Fashion Friday: Throwing Shade with Cool Mom Hats