Like many of you, the MyUntangled Life crew has been snowed in recently. What better way to pass a snowy afternoon than with a good book (or poem)? Even Ruby is in on reading. In fact, though you don’t need to sell us on the value and importance of reading, research shows that reading fiction can actually make you more empathetic. Here’s some of what we’ve been enjoying and please share all this good link love with #thingsworthsharing!


In honor of the recent 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Intelligent Life magazine asked seven authors to comment on the enduring appeal of Mr. Darcy. Allison Pearson’s first column is a great opener to the series. It might even inspire you to (re)read Pride and Prejudice.


I love the library, it’s such a perfectly simple concept, but I have a tough time finishing the books before they are due, it’s always been that way for me. I haven’t used BookSwim yet but it looks like another terrific concept. It’s like Netflix but for books. You can pick the plan that works for you; create your wish list of books to read; the books are shipped to you; read them with no due dates, shipping fees or late fees. When you’re done, send them back and get a new batch. So you don’t have to worry about having space to store books you may never read again, add to that they also have textbooks, it sounds like a perfect win-win!


A fellow poet, Emily Dickinson, wrote a poem called, “I started Early—took my Dog” and then PBS and the Poetry Foundation made an animated film of it! Great title, don’t you think?


Much like his other novels, Percival Everett is not bound by genre or even literary form in Percival Everett by Virgil Russell: A Novel. In this novel, within a novel, within another novel, Everett takes on what the role of the narrator is, if any, and does so through the lens of multiple characters within multiple stories. Much like his recent efforts, Everett urges the reader to challenge the ideas of postmodernism, structuralism and philosophy and to ask if the ideas behind them matter or if, much like everything else in the 21st Century, is it no more than just bullshit?

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