PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads – 10/26/2018

After a brain-burning week of the ins and outs of publishing in this new indie-centric world, expect a post next week discussing a little of what I learned. In the meantime, here’s some stuff to read!


Youth and Art by Robert Browning

It once might have been, once only:
We lodged in a street together,
You, a sparrow on the housetop lonely,
I, a lone she-bird of his feather.

A tale of two artists living at arm’s-length.


The Search for Why by Greg Bishop in Sports Illustrated (July 2-9 2018)

The last time his family saw Tyler, during a vacation to Mexico in early January, Kelly says “he was the happiest I ever saw him.” But when Tyler returned to school, his lack of responsiveness resumed. Kym sent a text asking, “Did you lose your phone” with a crying emoji. He replied not to worry. But after several additional messages went unanswered, she texted, “Is something wrong Ty?”

This one literally had me in tears. Don’t read this unless you’re prepared.

Short Story

The Open Window (PDF File) by Saki

“My aunt will be down presently, Mr. Nuttel,” said a very self-possessed young lady of fifteen; “in the meantime you must try and put up with me.”

Part of the same ghost-focused Barnes and Noble anthology I’ve been enjoying recently. After reading this story, I remembered liking previous Saki tales, so I immediately ordered one of his collections. This guy is my kind of writer…witty with a side of macabre.

Happy Friday!


3 thoughts on “PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads – 10/26/2018

  1. Thanks for sharing the Sports Illustrated article, Phillip. I’ll be interested in reading it. I remember hearing about that…so sad. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Greg Bishop’s article was tough to read. I used to play rugby (union) at school in Ireland and then followed international matches for a while. However, the modern game is now played by pro athletes who are bigger, stronger and faster than ever before.

    And the ‘hits’ / tackles seem to be more ferocious and dangerous than I recall, though I don’t have data to hand to show it. But I can’t watch rugby ‘live’ any more knowing how bone-crunching those hits are, and the possible longer-term effects once players retire.

    Maybe I’m just getting too soft in my old age…

    1. I don’t know if it’s softness or just plain wisdom accumulated over years of experience. 🙂 I feel the same way. Interestingly enough, my wife and I have become fans of Rugby 7s played occasionally here in the States and I was always under the impression that rugby was safer given that they seem to be taught how to properly tackle someone. But that could have just been one commentator’s opinion and we certainly haven’t seen nearly as many injuries as we do during American football games. But again, all circumstantial. Thanks for the comments and stopping by, Mark!

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