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Roxane Gay's advice to writers, applicable to everyone.

Roxane Gay's advice to writers, applicable to everyone.

I went to my first author reading this week.

(That's crazy, I know. There are a lot of great author events in Chicago, and I've enjoyed attending the Printers Row Lit Fest a few times. But I hadn't made it to a reading before this week.)

On Wednesday night Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and my current Twitter crush, spoke to a packed house at Women and Children First, a feminist bookstore in Chicago. We got there 20 minutes early and got standing room spots squeezed between a table and the cash register. I spent most of the time peering between two people's heads.

You'd think it would've been distracting, the air conditioners that couldn't keep up with the 100 squished-together bodies and the relaxation-killing electric purple walls. But it wasn't. Because Roxane was awesome. She started out by reading a series of her own tweets. The woman live-tweeted the September issue of Vogue. And it was hilarious. Then she moved on to reading three essays from Bad Feminist. I'm in the middle of the book, so I was happy she picked pieces I'd already read. If she hadn't, I might've had to earmuff myself.

In the Q&A section, Roxane took queries as diverse as "I'm a white teacher at the City Colleges. How do I support and relate to my black students?" "Is Beyonce a feminist?" (Yes.) and "What's your best advice for aspiring writers?"

Her answer to that third question, incidentally her last, was amazing: "Be relentless."

Do you need anything else to pump you up as you head into a three day weekend? I think not.

Flamin' Fury peaches from last Saturday's Green City Market.

Flamin' Fury peaches from last Saturday's Green City Market.

Now let's feast on some links.

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Here's how humans create 1.4 billion tons of food waste a year. 

Infinite Jest has been Lego-fied.

You've never seen an egg poached like this before.

The beautiful history of print.

A gorgeous graphic cheat sheet for in season produce.

So your book club needs some help picking diverse books.

Go behind the scenes of a personal food photography shoot.

DIY Pocky!

Book storage inspiration that will make you empty your shelves. Now.

Useful: When to splurge or save in a kitchen reno.

"A Single Man" by Christopher Isherwood & Baja Fish Tacos

"A Single Man" by Christopher Isherwood & Baja Fish Tacos

At The Table With...Stephanie Wise of Girl Versus Dough

At The Table With...Stephanie Wise of Girl Versus Dough