Gallery: Bookless Libraries, Astronomical Van Gogh, and Hating on Strong Female Characters

Dalkey Ireland hike near the Obelisk
Last weekend's hike near Dalkey was *gorgeous*. I want to live on a hill by the ocean!

It might be official:the sun has gone and we've plunged into Joyce's Dublin! Today is the first gloomy day we've had here in Dublin, and I'm ready for the cool edge of autumn to come on. It's such a great time of year to start getting involved in readings, lectures, and full-on reading sessions, and I can't wait! I've been holding back on my fall traditions, but sooner or later, my madness will return and I'll be deep into the likes of For Whom the Bell Tolls, Anna Karenina, or another of my autumn favorites!

★ Read Salinger's first story featuring Holden Caulfield. New Yorker, I love you for your archives!

Texas is opening a bookless library?

Starry Night is such a classic, but this version of Van Gogh's famous painting made of photos taken from the Hubble Space Telescope is amazing!

★ Gender in fiction (and elsewhere) is always huge topic, and this article on hating strong female characters has an incredible amount of insight. Not kidding!

★ I hate to admit it, but I have read only three of these seven books that (supposedly) will inspire you to be a better writer. How many have you read?

If you're still living it up in the warm summer weather, enjoy it! Autumn can wait, no matter how much I love it.

Happy weekend!

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