1. Lena Dugham's new memoir "Not That Kind of Girl" has hit the shelves, and she is touring the country with the usual book tour signings, AND the not-so-usual offering of artists, musicians, poets, and comedians. And food trucks. Dunham held an open video casting call for warm-up acts for her book tour in hopes of inviting artists from around the U.S. to participate in cities across the U.S. She has even agreed to pay them for the time they spend performing, which as anyone in the arts world knows, can be a rare and wonderful thing. It's a pretty neat twist on a book tour.
2. If you haven't seen Emma Watson's speech, watch it NOW. Recently named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador, Watson brilliantly promotes the mission of HeForShe, an organization that supports gender equality for both women and men. Proudly calling herself a feminist, Watson stands up for women and men in this speech that captures so beautifully the limitations that women and men alike experience in the face of limiting gender stereotypes.
Also, check out this article that examines the threats made against Emma Watson after her speech. It's unbelievable that after this speech, an anonymous website threatened to release nude photos of Watson. Find the article here.
3. I first read Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale in high school, and I've never forgotten it. Margaret Atwood is one author signed on to participate in this fascinating project, The Future Library Project. In short, the Project aims to plant 1,000 trees in Norway and in 100 years harvest the trees to be made into paper, onto which will be printed books from authors being chosen at the present time. It's like a time capsule for literature, and the only thing that bums me out is that I will never get to read Atwood's book, which is currently being sealed away in a secret European library. Unless, of course, I live to be 131. Read more here.
4. I have been research on domestic life in the 1800's for the play I'm currently acting in, and I found this gem the other day about beer as the perfect family drink. It gave me a much needed laugh during this dreary, rain soaked week.