1. “The Glory of Oprah,” by Caitlin Flanagan: I realize this pick may surprise you, but Flanagan is one of those writers whose words jump off the page, and this Atlantic magazine essay on Oprah’s life and times is a fascinating read.
2. Schubert’s Fantasy in F Minor, played by Sviatoslav Richter and Benjamin Britten : Listen to this if you related to my post on the happiness of melancholy. (That’s Schubert in the portrait up top.)
3. “The Art of Listening,” by Henning Mankell: Much-discussed New York Times piece on the art of listening, as practiced by everyday Africans.
Have a wonderful weekend!
I loved the Oprah article. Over the years I only watched Oprah periodically, but I totally got her appeal. The author really gets it, and explains it all so well. Thanks for always passing along interesting and thought provoking reading. (And listening!!)
Actually I am one of the few who absolutely do NOT get the Oprah appeal. I also read the article and my not getting it persists. I have always found that she seems lost, as though she is looking to anchor herself onto some belief system like she wasn’t given one when she was growing up like her yoyo dieting which always seemed symptomatic of some deep lack of personal acceptance. Though I only ever watched maybe two shows I find many of her guests I heard were on are advocates of magical thinking and that she herself embraces that very same thinking. I do believe she is savvy in terms of marketing and how to promote herself but I’m not convinced of anything else. Her book club reads I have always found to be trite, silly or just epic stories of horrible childhood abuses. I understand where she’s coming from and why she chooses them but I don’t know I’m not sure about her at all.