Recommended Reading / 07.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Every Monday, words to start the week.


This week: I'm cheating a bit and posting a video, but only because it's too beautiful not to share. In it, João Silvestrini of Brazil hosts a tiny winged guest (who visits daily) for a meal in his kitchen. (As one commenter translates on Twisted Sifter: "First, he 'explains' to the bird that he is making a video. Then he says that the bird goes there every day to call him — 'today he has been calling for half an hour.'")

Three more links, just because:
-The good news.
-"Animals Make a Hospital Happy." (See also: a very funny piece on emotional support animals, including a turtle named Turtle at the Frick.)
-On handwritten letters: "Ink from your pen touches the stationary, your fingers touch the paper, your saliva seals the envelope, your scent graces the paper. Something tangible from your world travels through machines and hands, and deposits itself in another’s mailbox; their world… Letters create a connection that modern and impersonal forms of communication will never replace.”

More recommended reading, here. (Also, a big thank you for all of your incredibly kind words on last week's Non-Career Advice post — can't wait to share more!)

Weekend Note / 02.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weekend notes are short-form POVs.


I visited the Met this summer with my six-year-old niece, who, on a ninety degree day, insisted on walking the fifteen blocks from the subway, skipping all the way. "Did you know," I said to her, "that people from all over the world travel to New York City to visit places like the Met? We're so lucky that we have the opportunity to go whenever we want to, even on a weekday afternoon." She held her pink metal water bottle with the tip of one finger, studying my face with serious eyes. After a moment's silence, she said: "Are you a grown-up? Or are you a kid?" Before I could answer, she was on to the next subject, chattering about zoo animals, and Central Park, and the various shades of purple she'd use to paint her new bedroom.  

Non-Career Advice.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Non-Career Advice is a series that asks people - young, old, and in a range of occupations - for words of wisdom unrelated to work, career-building, dollars, or getting ahead.


I woke up hours before my alarm on the morning before my 29th birthday. This was partly due to the fact that it was August, a time of year when my bedroom floods with sunlight at five AM. More likely, though, it was because my mind was ajitter with worried thoughts. I'd started a game with myself that involved matching facts about my life with the words "…and I'm almost thirty," and, no less than five minutes in, I'd morphed from a reasonable, thinking human being to an exhausted heap of frayed, frazzled nerves.

I live month-to-month… and I'm almost thirty. I have roommates… and I'm almost thirty. I don't have a plan - for anything, really… and I'm almost thirty.

The Cornershop.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Artist Lucy Sparrow's Cornershop is just like your average deli or neighborhood bodega, save for one minor detail. Everything — each ketchup bottle, candy bar, Coca-Cola, and copy of Carp Fishing Magazine — was made by hand with colored felt and, I'd imagine, lots and lots of patience. 

The London-based project required eight months of stitching to complete and resulted in a multi-thousand-item inventory that has since sold out. For a time, the shop was also home to a series of sewing workshops for the local community, with themes like "felt soup cans" and "fluffy drinks." 


Asked to name her favorite items, Sparrow lists the Nurofen, the custard, the Spam Fritters. "Not everything translates well into felt, but they do for some reason," she says.

Thanks, Honestly WTF. Visit Lucy Sparrow's website, here. Photos by Rosie Hallam/Barcroft Media.

Recommended Reading / 06.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Every Monday (or holiday-after Tuesday), words to start the week.


This weekExcerpts from a new book about tattoos and the tales behind them. Pen & Ink, by Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton, includes stories from writers Lena Dunham and Cheryl Strayed, illustrator Carson Ellis, and Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, the Dragon Head of the Chinese Freemasons. It's delightful — and, luckily for everyone, a chef-centric sequel, Knives & Ink, is in the works. Find out more, here.

Three more links, just because:
-Camel as cartographer.
-How to Drink All Night, In a Classy Way.
-More reading recommendations, from 50 cultural icons (Dolly Parton loves The Little Engine That Could; Donald Glover reads about kids with Aspergers; David Bowie has a hundred favorites).

More recommended reading, here. Image via Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Themby Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton.

Autumn in the Catskills.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall on the East Coast is exactly how I always pictured it would be: cool and crisp and lit from within. It smells like kindling and wet leaves, like rain clouds. It's as much a revelation after five years in New York as it was the first.

Below, a few photos from a trip to the Catskills last weekend with friends. We made pizza, built fires, rolled hay bales down grassy slopes. We did a lot of sitting in front a wood-fire stove. It was nice, I remember thinking, having nothing to do but that.


The week following was a busy one, and I didn't get to some of the things I'd planned: a POV, and the debut of a new series (which I'm very excited about!). I'm aiming to share both of those things after the long weekend, as well as Recommended Reading, as usual. Can't wait.

Until then, have a wonderful three days — and happy travels, if you're hitting the road!

Canines & Couches.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

This week in unconventional travel: road trip adventures shared between three friends, two dogs, and one very worn-in couch. Details on how exactly the couch (and the friends, and the dogs) are traveling are unclear, but they certainly seem to have covered a lot of ground, smiles intact. See more, here


See also: invisible horsesAnimals That I Did Not Meet; licensed llama therapists.

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