This Week’s Link Roundup

It’s been a crazy week! I took the GRE yesterday. It was epic, tiring, and I’m glad it’s over.

Here are some of the best things I read this week.

Author Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn talks about working on multiple books at once. This is something I am guilty of – and in my case, it seems like I can never finish my books if I work on multiple ones at once, so recently I have been focusing on my spy thriller. (And don’t worry, dear blog readers, you will be the first to know when my book comes out!)

Foreign Policy has a photo essay of London over a hundred years ago, a time when “Britain really mattered” (FP’s words, not mine, so don’t get angry at me, British people).

The Economist has an article about where Indo-European languages originated. The answer may surprise you.

Let’s face it, the website Thought Catalog (which you’ve probably heard of if you are between the ages of twenty and thirty, roughly) is a bit of a rag. Lots of whiny, stupid pieces about stupid, inane things. But occasionally you can read a gem on there, like this essay, Love In The Time Of Chekhov. Seriously, this piece of writing is a work of art. And I think the author, a certain Sarah Edwards, might just understand the Russian word тоска (toska).

(By the way, if you want to read Chekhov in English, I recommend the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation.)

Finally, the quote of the week (and yes, I know the week is not over, but I don’t think anyone will say anything to top this quote). I spoke with my friend L. on the phone a few nights ago. When I asked her what she thought of the Russian writer Tolstoy, she said, “Oh, I love Tolstoy. I want to BE Tolstoy. Tolstoy is the reason I study Russian.” Maybe it does not seem as funny written down as it was when she said it, but trust me, it was hilarious.