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Good Reads for the Weekend

May 09, 2020  / Bill Reynolds, PhD  / Tags: music, culture, reading, recommendation, gender, article

As the week winds down and we savor the all-too-brief transition between spring semester and Summer A, we thought you might appreciate links to some well-written articles from across the disciplinary and cultural landscape.

This psychology professor’s takeaways from her experience of remote teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic are eminently reasonable and warrant reflection.

Enjoy this call-back to an earlier post on the division of labor in the time of coronavirus. (Nearly half of men say they do most of the home schooling. Three percent of women agree. What?!!!)

A lovely meditation on loneliness and isolation during quarantine. (“We are human. We are wired for connection. We are mortal. We are weak.”)

Variously attributed to Martin Mull, Frank Zappa, and Elvis Costello, the quip “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture” could be true (or may be inscrutable), but this profile and interview with Jason Isbell shows that writing about musicians can be done well, even if writing about music is suspect.

Another, somewhat darker, redemption story from the current issue of Sports Illustrated--

And finally, I keep seeing references to this article about Val Kilmer on people’s lists of the best reads of the week. I haven’t actually read it yet, but how could you not be intrigued by the accompanying photo?

 Jeff Minton New York Times

If you have additional ideas, advice, suggestions, music, or funny bits that you would like to share with your colleagues, send it all to or and we will post it to the blog.