Month: September 2015

What else to read if you loved The Secret History

likenessThe Likeness by Tana French

Detective Cassie Maddox is called in to investigate the murder of a girl who eerily resembles her–and who happens to be using the name that was once her undercover alias.  Pretending that the victim was only in a coma, not dead, Cassie infiltrates the girl’s strange group of five best friends to find out what happened.

The Secret Place by Tana French

In order to solve the murder of a teenage boy, two detectives must investigate warring girl cliques at an exclusive private school.

Tsoldierhe Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

John Dowell believes he has the perfect marriage and the perfect set of friends.  Then he discovers that everything his friends and wife have told him is false, and his entire life is based on lies.


Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Blue van Meer befriends a strange group of kids and their charismatic teacher at a fancy private school.  When the teacher is found dead, Blue must find out what happened.

Ctazakiolorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Tsukuru Tazaki once had five very close friends who expelled him from their group for no apparent reason.  Years later, he tracks them down across Japan to find out what happened.



Plastic, plastic everywhere

I’ve decided that the reason we don’t care how much we throw out is twofold.  1) It doesn’t cost us anything–upfront, at least– and 2) We don’t actually see it.  We just put it in the trash or recycling bin and then it’s taken away forever.

Except that it doesn’t really go away.  The recovery rate for plastic recycling is still dishearteningly small.  Most of it goes to the landfill, where it takes hundreds of years to break down, and a lot of it ends up in the ocean.

More plastic is produced than ever before, and we’re running out of places to throw it away. It’s clogging our waterways and even ending up in the food chain–fish eat it when it breaks down into smaller pieces, and then we eat the fish.

This is a situation that clearly needs regulating.  Otherwise, companies will continue to produce massive amounts of plastic because it’s convenient and cheap.  These companies are not forced to pay for the cost that plastic is imposing on society.

Want to know just how much plastic we’re throwing out?  I saved all my plastic waste for a week to get an idea.


Then I separated out what could be reused or recycled and what could not.  Guess which pile was bigger?DSCN2812

That’s for just a single person, one week.  And I’m someone who at least attempts to buy products that use less packaging.  Sorry, kids–the pile on the right will be around for you and your children to deal with.