Suggested Reading (Week of 7.8.18)

Each Sunday, Jimmy handpicks five pieces of writing for your enjoyment. Follow Jimmy’s blog to have content sent to your inbox automatically!

1. Japan’s Vegetable-Eating Men – In this fascinating piece, Amy Westervelt explores one of Japan’s strongest social norms. As recently as the early 2000s, Japanese men who stayed home with their children (referred to as “househusbands”) were looked down upon and seen as completely useless. But the mixture of Japan’s rapidly decreasing birth rates and fastest-aging population in the world caused the nation to start relying on women to join the workforce. That forced more men to stay home, and their stories are discussed here.

2. Conjuring Spirits in Florida – As a Florida native, I’m always interested in what people are writing about the Sunshine State. Unfortunately, we often get negative press. And I get it – Florida is, according to the wisdom of Michael Scott, a “colorful, lawless swamp.” Michael Adno’s piece in the New York Times explores the huge paranormal-obsessed community in Sarasota, a city near and dear to my heart.

3. The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea – Admittedly, this article was published over nine months ago. However, it hasn’t aged at all. That, more than anything, is very telling considering the relationship between North Korea and the United States. Reading Evan Osnos’ account of his time in North Korea’s capital city, Pyongyang, was mind-blowing. It gave me a renewed appreciation for living in here in America.

4. The Dog Catcher – I write flash fiction, so I know how difficult it can be to pack a punch in so few words (usually less than 1,000 to be exact). That’s what made Aaron Menzel’s piece so entertaining. Menzel takes an age-old children’s rhyme and infuses it with life…er…uh…death. Funny, eerie and takes about three minutes to read.

5. Where Are You? – While we’re on the topic of flash fiction, The New Yorker’s summerlong flash fiction series officially kicked off with a brilliantly sad piece by master of letters herself, Joyce Carol Oates. Again, it will only take you a few moments to read, but, like any good writing, it will stay with you.


Have an awesome rest of your week, and happy reading!