The temperature is finally reaching my sweet spot – around 90 degrees, and I’m enjoying summer activities! Enjoy these tidbits while you relax this weekend:
Domingo Martinez :: via This American Life – I heard Martinez read one of his short stories from The Boy Kings of Texas a few months ago on This American Life while browsing the archives (I like to listen to public radio while I work). Last Saturday they had Martinez back to read “Blunt Force.” I’ll be doing more research on this author and purchasing his book based on these stories. His voice is an authentic and adroit at conveying the Mexican-American experience. Listen to both stories here.
Reading Rainbow is Back! :: via Kickstarter – If you love books, you’ve probably already heard of this, or even contributed to this Kickstarter campaign. Growing up with Reading Rainbow only reinforced my LOVE of books growing up. I was so sad when it was cancelled, so when my husband heard of this campaign he actually called me at work to tell me about it. As I write this, Levar Burton has raised almost 2.5 million dollars to bring Reading Rainbows to more kids and more classrooms. I didn’t know there are apps for the Kindle and iPad for my 3-year old to enjoy! Excuse me while I go download those immediately.
Latino Kids and Classical Music :: via NPR – The story of conductor Sonia Marie De Leon De Vega, who is bringing classical music to Latino families in Los Angeles.
Maya Angelou passes :: via New York Times – A literary icon passed away this week. Take a moment to look at Angelou‘s life and rediscovery her poetry. My personal favorite is Phenomenal Woman.