I have a friend who sends me a lot of articles, we exchange a lot of articles from The Atlantic, from Vulture, the Times, and all sorts of things. She reads different things than I do. I usually get to it eventually, [though] sometimes it takes a little longer. Sometimes it's when I get things from my friends like “Did you read this yet?” They will want to talk about it, and then I’ll make it a little more of a priority.
Right up my alley is women and girls education, [and] feminism.
My friend knows what I’m interested in. Right up my alley is women and girls education, [and] feminism. That’s a popular topic for me. And then regular political news.
I used to read Jezebel more regularly, and I don’t really read that very often anymore. [My reading] is more topical, like the Times has their big features sometimes, like women who opt out of the workplace and now they want to get back in. More things in that vein. A little less blogger style and more fully fleshed out news articles. I’m more interested in long research and that kind of stuff than quick posts style. I skim things like the Hairpin, and they’ll often link to other work or summarize articles and I’ll click over to the longer piece. I use those kinds of sites as a filter to see what’s out there.
I watch the local news quite a bit in the middle of the day. I tend to watch more local news than national news, because I get my national news from the Times and not as much from the TV.
So many other people are like “Oh it’s part of my dinner routine to have [Jeopardy] on in the background,” but it’s on in the middle of the day where I’m from.
I do watch Jeopardy pretty often, but that’s a middle of the day thing for me because where I work it’s on in the afternoon. Now I tape it. Since I’ve been on it, I started taping it. It’s on at 2:30 in the afternoon where I live. So many other people are like “Oh it’s part of my dinner routine is to have it on the background,” but it’s on in the middle of the day where I’m from. I used to watch it after school when I was a kid because it was on at 3:30 so I’d catch it after school often enough.
A lot of questions [on Jeopardy] I thought “I know this specifically because of X, Y, or Z.” There was that Atlantic category and I read some of the articles that were referenced in it. [The Wire: "I think it was ‘Why Women Can’t' blank."] Oh, ‘Why Women Can’t Have It All,’ I definitely read that. That’s right up [my alley], the feminism and women in the workplace. That was one I definitely read and talked about with people I knew. That was Anne-Marie Slaughter, right? There was no hesitation.
I actually try to limit the amount of time I’m spending clicking on random things on the Internet.
I read a lot of books, too. I actually try to limit the amount of time I’m spending clicking on random things on the Internet. It takes me away from reading books. [I’ll] go down the rabbit hole, and you’ve read 35 articles on Slate and you’re like “What happened to the last couple hours?” That happens sometimes, but I like to read books. That’s actually the last thing I read at night is usually a book.