Favorite Posts from Aug + Sept

In the runup to my dash to New Zealand, I got severely behind on reading others’ blogs. But it’s raining today and the Wifi signal at this Airbnb location is strong, so here are my top picks from the months of August and September.

Return of the Infidel | Carrying the Gun

Don Gomez from Carrying the Gun has been publishing a lot of great posts lately, but I especially enjoyed his mini-lecture on the use of the word “infidel” among American soldiers deployed to the Middle East. He makes it clear why the word doesn’t belong anywhere near the military.

The Scottish Highlands, Junk Food, and Structuralism | Rottin' in Denmark

In another of his excellent photo essays, Michael Hobbes considers why Scotland is plagued by such high levels of overweight and obesity, while Danes living just across the North Sea are, on average, very fit and in good health.

Dirk's Film School: Sounds | The Dirk Malcolm Alternative

Dirk Malcolm runs an informative series on his blog called “Dirk’s Film School.” The latest installment, “Sound,” covers the history of acoustics in film. Previous entries have considered tracking shots, point-of-view, close-ups, and the chase sequence.

A Pen & Oink interview with Dan Santat: The making of Beekle

In an absolutely fascinating and thorough interview, Robin from Pen & Oink discussed the children’s book The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend with its creator Dan Santat. Read the transcript to learn about Santat’s unique illustration technique, as well as the lengthy creative revision & editing process.

This Post is Not Safe for Work | I Am Begging My Mother Not to Read This Blog

The ever-snarky Katherine from I Am Begging My Mother Not to Read This Blog wrote an uproarious post revealing how she messed with a ridiculous marketing rep who wanted to place an, ahem, sexual advertisement on her blog. Warning: true to its title, the post contains some graphic images!

Asian Herbs & Vegetables | Ngan Made IT

The lovely Ngan put together a very helpful and picture-filled post about common Asian herbs & vegetables. I certainly learned a lot, and have bookmarked the post for future reference!

Five Indispensable Read Alouds for Boys

Read Aloud Picture Books put together a list of five books that kindergarten-aged boys enjoy based on real classroom testing. Of course, the girls enjoyed the books, too!

Abandoned Mansion | Forgotten NZ

The premise of Abandoned New Zealand is simple: the photographer behind the blog seeks out decrepit and decaying structures, then immortalizes their loneliness in the form of blog posts. I especially loved this post featuring an enormous abandoned mansion in an Auckland suburb.

Finally, I wanted to congratulate Anna of Film Grimoire for reaching the one-year blogging milestone! She’s even got a snazzy new header to celebrate. I look forward to continuing to read her critical & insightful film reviews and having hearty discussions in the comments section!

P.S. All photos are screenshots from each author’s blog.

Favorite Posts from July

There were some excellent posts published on WordPress in the month of June. And no, I don’t mean the highly repetitive content that’s featured on “Freshly Pressed.” Here are the top 10 posts that made the  Literary Vittles cut:

The Most Happy || The Case for Living at Home

Lisa wrote a heartfelt essay about the merits of living at home after graduation and the all-too-easy assumptions that many people make when they learn you’ve had to move back in with your parents. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but rather, a smart and reasonable decision.

Terry Malloy's Pigeon Coop || A Review of Transformers

Chris wrote what is probably the most accurate review of a Michael Bay film ever published. BOOM CRASH LOW-ANGLE SHOT, indeed.

I Am Begging My Mother Not to Read This Blog || Summer Camp

My favorite blogger hit it out of the park again, this time with a post about being a counselor at a summer theater camp.

Pixel & Pilcrow || Four Years in a Book

Graphic designer Rebecca Wright shared her MFA thesis on her blog. It is truly spectacular.

Chels & a Book || Being a Regular

In an unexpected delight of a post, Chelsey explained why she prefers being “a regular” of local businesses in a big city like Toronto.

The Little Engine that Couldn't || Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Writing

My favorite teen blogger, Matt Black, shared some pearls of wisdom in a post entitled “Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Writing.”

Arts-SMH

Blogger Lightlit, who is currently studying for a Master’s of Children’s Literature, shared a review of Shaun Tan’s famous book The Red Tree, about depression in children. Now I want to read it!

Flashback:Backslide || The Uncanny Valley

Film blogger Flashback/Backslide explained what “The Uncanny Valley” is.  (Hint: it’s the reason you freak out when you see a robot that looks “too human.”)

Only You || Tokyo's Book District

Cecilia shared her adventures in Tokyo’s flourishing book district, and managed to pick up on some subtle, but intriguing, differences!

An American in Iceland || Hot River

Finally, although Hannah’s blog always makes me want to go to Iceland, her post on a natural hot river (think “hot spring,” but significantly larger) was especially wanderlust-inducing.

Janelle Monae - Electric Lady

Bonus mention! Janelle Monae‘s new video for “Electric Lady” was just released yesterday. Go watch it if you haven’t already!

P.S. All photos are screenshots from each author’s blog. Janelle Monae video still from Amoeba.com.  

Favorite Posts from June

First, I apologize that my first-ever monthly roundup post is coming a few days late. I blame watermelon, fried chicken, apple pie, and fireworks for distracting me.

So, without further delay, here are some of my favorite posts from the month:

Screenkicker post

Mikey at Screenkicker wrote an excellent post on sexism & female action heroes in the movies. I.e., he explains why you should go see Edge of Tomorrow ASAP. For the record, I saw the movie a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it — definitely more so than The Grand Budapest Hotel!

Rotten in Denmark post

As always, human rights consultant Michael Hobbes of Rotten in Denmark published an insightful and critical essay about his travels, this time in South Africa. Yes, apartheid really was as bad as you imagine.

Bookswept post

There was a Q&A with photographer Robert Dawson on the beautiful Bookswept blog, in which Dawson extols the virtues of the public library.

Samir Chopra post

Philosophy professor Samir Chopra of the City University of New York talked about the ridiculousness of careerism in higher education, specifically with regard to academic administrators.

Like Really Though post
Naomi Eva wrote a sophisticated, updated analysis of Laura Mulvey’s classic cinematic essay, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.”

Carrying the Gun post

Don Gomez of Carrying the Gun discussed how the penultimate Game of Thrones episode, “The Battle of Castle Black,” and, generally speaking, the entire Night’s Watch, is an apt metaphor for the American military.

Bluest Bibliophile post

I wanted to see We Need to Talk About Kevin when it came out in theaters, but Bluest Bibliophile’s review convinced me that I ought to read the book first.

I am begging my mother post

One of my favorite blogs EVER, I Am Begging My Mother Not to Read This Blog, accurately described what it’s like to interview for a job. Absurd. Terrifying.

Book Wars post

Hyper-active book bloggers over at The Book Wars discussed the role of environmentalism in Hayao Miyazaki’s films.

Tom George Arts post

Liverpool-based musician, writer, and videographer Tom George discussed what it was like to interact with Berlin’s Radical Underground. (Oops… ok, technically this was published in late May, but I didn’t do a May favorites post and this was too good not to include).

The Most Happy post

Lisa Lo Paro of The Most Happy made it all the way through the 1,000+ page classic Gone With the Wind. By the end, she was in love with Scarlett O’Hara.

Film Grimoire post

And finally, the lovely Anna of Film Grimoire (awesome blog name; I’m jealous I didn’t come up with a witchy name for my site!) shed some light on the strange, intriguing, and groundbreaking 1967 Swedish film I Am Curious (Yellow). She does an excellent job explaining why the movie is considered a (quirky) classic!

Ok, that’s a dozen favorites from June. Plenty, I should think, to keep you occupied on a lazy Sunday afternoon!

P.S. All photos are screenshots pulled from each author’s blog. I hope you don’t mind! Visuals are more enticing.