I just finished Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You. I’m not giving away any spoilers with this reveal: The Irish author’s third book is narrowly focused on four characters; one, a writer, seems to be a stand-in for Rooney. The plot is straight out of a Brontë novel — there’s even a brooding Heathcliffian love interest — and the prose can be distractingly cold and distant. But the questions this book forces readers to contemplate — wow. I’ve never read anything like it. Have you?
A new report from Project for Improved Environmental Coverage shows environmental news coverage made up less than one percent of headlines in 2014. While nearly 80% of American want to know more about environmental news stories, Beyonce was mentioned 11 times more than stories about deforestation and five times more than those about the state of our oceans.