The Warren & the World is Story Warren's weekly newsletter, providing a round-up of our favorite things from around the web as well as a review of what was on our site over the past week. We're glad you're here!
Around the Web:
Faking Cultural Literacy
Our world is being shaped in interesting ways. Karl Taro Greenfeld has an interesting take in the TImes.
It’s never been so easy to pretend to know so much without actually knowing anything. We pick topical, relevant bits from Facebook, Twitter or emailed news alerts, and then regurgitate them. Instead of watching “Mad Men” or the Super Bowl or the Oscars or a presidential debate, you can simply scroll through someone else’s live-tweeting of it, or read the recaps the next day. Our cultural canon is becoming determined by whatever gets the most clicks.
It's a real thinker. I'm glad I read it, even if I'm not sure what to do with it. Read more.
Blue Collar Man
Ted Cluck talks about what it's like, both good and bad, when a knowledge worker starts to work with their hands.
In general, youngish-Reformed evangelicals tend to be a pretty affluent, heavily degreed, upwardly mobile lot with a surplus of time to read websites and grow their considerable book collections.  With “providing” often being a top priority for Reformed men, this group generally has a clear vocational plan and usually gets plenty of opportunities to implement said plan. And because we tend to be small-government capitalists, we tend to feel pretty good about ourselves when we’re making lots of bank–and don't feel conflicted about enjoying it. And in general (again), readers of TGC tend to be pastors, professors, seminary students, theology nerds, or wives of the aforementioned.
But what about those who don't fit this social/cultural Reformed paradigm, including in their vocations?
So good. Hard work is good. Read more.
Legendary Author Battle
Our own Loren Eaton engaged in a battle of the pen? Battle of the authors? Battle of the storyline? It's fun!
- The setup is as simple as it is brilliant: Have a pair of authors try to write each other into a corner while composing a collaborative story and turn the whole thing into an audiovisual delight at the end. It starts with the challenging writer picking a defender and taunting him about his inevitable literary demise. The defender counters by selecting a genre and a time period. The challenger follows it up by penning descriptions of the hero and villain. The defender details the hero's special power that will allow him to defeat the villain, and the challenger provides an in media res summary of where there story will start.
Then the real fun begins.
Great stuff. Read more.
Summer Reading Is Upon Us
Melissa Taylor at Imagination Soup has a few links that are a good start.
- Summer Slide is a real thing. If kids don’t practice, regression and loss happens. (Just like working out!)
And get this – 46% of tweens are reading less than 4 books over summer vacation!
Get your kids reading! Read more.
Around the Warren:
The Merry Month of May
Liz Cottrill brings us a beautiful reflection on the month of May
- For young families, this is the month that most rivals, possibly surpasses, December in busyness. I confess that at the peak of my parenting years, I even dreaded it, the bursting of spring into full and luxuriant bloom was lost to sight when faced with the daunting number of commitments on the calendar.
Wonderful words. Read more.
We Are A Divine Work of Art
A brilliant piece of art from Mr. Boekell illustrating a great Lewis quote:
Helena Sorensen introduces us to a great picture book by Aaron Becker.
- It begins with a lonely little girl…and with invitations rejected.
Just outside her scope of vision is a boy with a purple crayon, a creative soul, a kindred spirit. But the girl knows only her loneliness. She invites her mother to play. She approaches her father, her sister. But they are busy, distracted, entranced by flickering screens. They have no interest in the girl’s kite or her scooter or her basketball.
Don't wait around here. Read more.
The True History of the Hare and the Tortoise
S.D. Smith introduces a classic work from Lord Dunsany.
- For a long time there was doubt with acrimony among the beasts as to whether the Hare or the Tortoise could run the swifter. Some said the Hare was the swifter of the two because he had such long ears, and others said the Tortoise was the swifter because anyone whose shell was so hard as that should be able to run hard too.
And lo, the forces of estrangement and disorder perpetually postponed a decisive contest.
It's a good one! Read more.
Something to Do with Your Kids:
Continuing the summer reading them, here's a list of corporate sponsored reading programs from CapitallyFrugalDC (via Money Saving Mom). Find some motivation to help your kids. Read more.
And Something Fun to Watch
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