(No spoilers for the third episode please)
And if you'd like a softer version of the Anne and Gilbert slow burn, Betsy and Joe have got you over the course of 5 books. (No one smacks anyone with school supplies, though.)
Also to compare them to another series of a nearby time period, Betsy grows up but the books don't get dark like the Anne of Green Gables ones do. (There's understandable and sympathetic reasons for that and the Anne books are richer stories, but still...) It might be best to say that Betsy and Co. get to kind of stay in the Anne of Avonlea/of the Island period where it's mostly about the joy of new experiences and community.
(In the 10 Betsy-Tacy books and 3 supplemental Deep Valley books, here's what I can think of off the top of my head: someone performs in blackface at a talent show, settler violence is alluded to a few times and an older character romanticizes "Indian wars", there are characters who are racist against Syrians living in town but the racists are in the wrong and that's the plot of "Emily of Deep Valley", and sometimes the antiracists are paternalistic against other cultures.)
Not that there isn't problematic stuff in them, they are books about pre-WWI 20th century Minnesota, written in the 40s and 50s. But it's a lot less than other kids' and youth books about American old timey stuff – way less minstrelry, Manifest Destiny, and racism against indigenous people than Little House On the Prairie and that kind of pioneer story.
Thoughts on Nghi Vo's "The Chosen And The Beautiful":
1. A an urban fantasy/magical realism retelling of The Great Gatsby from the point of view of a queer Asian protagonist is a really fascinating lens to view the excesses of the story through, and Vo really knows how to turn a magical or dreamlike phrase
2. There's not enough space in the original Gatsby for the amount of world building needed for the multiple types of magic/ghosts/demonology in this book to feel satisfying
Lewd, food, bad film review
Me: RIP, guy who should never review cartoons and gave us the terrible mental image of a boner shooting popcorn everywhere
A quick Google search: Uh, that was only 3 years ago and he's not dead
Me: Good night, sweet prince, you've paved the way for "Thirsty for cartoon dads" think pieces
I have been putting off and putting off going for obvious reasons, but earlier this week I chipped a tooth that keeps rubbing the inside of my mouth and I could not put up with that indefinitely, so fingers crossed their office had adequate ventilation. What a time to need physical care.
So... the Dutch city of Utrecht has an underwater webcam at a particular lock that is not used by ships much in spring. People can watch for fishes waiting to get inland, and can ring a "doorbell" to alert the lock keeper so they might open the lock if there are enough fish waiting...
I made a little site that suggests a random sandwich for you to eat from Wikipedia's list of notable sandwiches.
The motorcycle is also a ghost, in case you were wondering
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