Friday Fuel: Gifts, Exhibitions, Book Reviews and Feminism

November 15, 2013

It’s the end of another beautiful week.

Just a couple of days ago, I realized I just have a month left with my classes this semester.  It’s hard to believe we are looking ahead to finals already.  I’m sending my students’ artwork around the city for exhibitions, and my wife and I are starting to hoard Christmas gifts (we plan to skip black Friday.)

It’s definitely been a good week for reading blogs.  Here’s a few entries that fueled me this week:

The Gift of Helping

I feel like I’m kind of like Sarah Markley when it comes to accepting help.  I don’t like to do it.  I like to go it alone, be independent.  I guess I believe that accepting help makes me look less capable.  That’s why I really appreciated how she is rethinking the gift of helping.

A Public Exhibition

As a creative person, there really are few things I can think of that are more nerve-wracking than showing off your work.  It opens you up to judgment and scrutiny.  But it’s a necessary part of the creative process – the big reveal.  Kelly O’Dell Stanley really struck me with her words on publicly sharing our creative work.

The Worst Reviews

And when we share ourselves, make ourselves vulnerable, there are bound to be critics.  Some people won’t understand.  Others will understand; they’ll just hate what you’ve done.  Mary DeMuth shared some of the most scathing Amazon reviews of her books, and we were all a little bit better for it.  Let’s be honest, when someone gives a microphone to their biggest critics, the rest of us don’t think any less of them.  Our respect for them only increases.

How Feminism Hurts Men

By far, the most enjoyable, subversive, redemptive thing I read this week came from Micah Murray, about all the ways feminism hurts men.  I won’t spoil it.  Just read it.

Yes, there were lots of things that fueled me this week, like fall leaves and cold air, but you know about those already, right?  What fueled you this week?

One response to Friday Fuel: Gifts, Exhibitions, Book Reviews and Feminism

  1. Thanks so much for the mention, though I’m not sure I’ll write a post like THAT again! I’m still smarting from it.
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