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Literature, Right To Your Inbox

Years ago, I read a quote from Stephen King where he said everyone should learn to read not only in gulps, but also in sips. It’s still one of my favorite pieces of reading advice. For most of my life, I was always a gulper, nerding out after class or work with a book for a good 4-5 hours straight. Over the summer, I would read up to 12 hours a day! As I got older, I still had gulper mentality, but with less time–and with that came less reading. If I knew I wouldn’t get more than 30 minutes of reading in, I wouldn’t even bother (my thinking was that you can’t really enjoy a book unless you really sink into the whole experience, which requires time!). Are any of you guys like that? :) Anyway, a little after I read that quote, I moved to New York. At first I didn’t think I would ever pull out a book during subway rides or while waiting in line, but I slowly started to and …

Street Photographer

One of the things I admire most about photojournalists and street photographers is their ability to capture life in action. Raw. No posing or fancy lighting or perfectly placed props or planning meetings. There’s something magical about looking into the faces of the people in their photos, frozen in time, and wondering what must have been going through their minds or how their life had taken shape. This weekend I had some time to kill in Los Feliz, so I decided to flip through some of the fabulous coffee table books at Skylight Books. In the midst of my wandering, I discovered a book of photographs by Vivian Maier, a New York City/Chicago nanny who took thousands of captivating photos throughout her fascinating lifetime (1926-2009) and was only discovered in 2007 when historian John Maloof came across her work, found in a local-Chicago thrift auction house. Not only was I fascinated by Maier’s life, which very much broke the mold of her generation, but also by her photos, which were beautiful, haunting, funny and intriguing …

This Will Be My Summer

My goal was to post this on Wednesday, the official first day of summer, but that didn’t quite pan out. (Not a good start to my jam-packed, goal-filled summer.) I have an excuse, though: I wanted to find the perfect background picture with which to create an awesome graphic that would surely inspire me to zoom right through my 30 summer bucket list items. I’m still working on that part, so in the meantime, I’m making this official … I’m doing a summer bucket list!!! Summer has a way of biting me in the butt and making me want to go on a thousand adventures. I think it’s the extra sunshine. I pretty much run on solar power. So I decided to create a list of all the fun things I have in store for myself  this summer. The best part is I’m planning to blog about all of it, so you’ll have a front-row seat to my adventures and, I’m sure, misadventures. And maybe you’ll even create a bucket list of your own and …

On Being A Woman

Rarely does a book — an nonfiction book, no less — come along that’s so intriguing, I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran is exactly this kind of book. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me cry laughing and it made me want to share it with every woman — and many men — I know. Moran combines stories from her awkward but very relatable childhood and similar adulthood with modern feminist issues. Don’t be scared by the “feminist” part. We’re talking simple issues that any woman faces but that have somehow taken over our world — things like should we get Brazilians and have babies and extravagant weddings. My favorite part is that Moran is quick to give the reader the final say. There’s no forced opinions, just a whole lot of  “haha,” “so true …,” “yeah, totally!” … and only occasionally, “meh, but keep talking.”

Love, By the Peanuts Gang

Charles M. Schulz, the cartoonist behind the popular Peanuts series, authored an adorable book called Love Is Walking Hand In Hand, and it is the absolute sweetest thing. Each drawing and line about the simple feelings and gestures of everyday love makes you smile and I so wish I could get my hands on a copy. Sadly, it seems to be out of circulation these days unless you’re willing to shell out a pretty penny for a used copy on Amazon, but BrainPicker did post some great pages from the book. Here are a few more favorites: p.s. check out the full article from BrainPicker and read the bottom part about a message on the inside of one of the used copies :)

Books As Craft Projects?

While the idea of destroying a good book for the sake of style makes me sad, I’m a little more lenient about the practice when it comes to books that aren’t so “good.” I find plenty of these: old books that have a beautiful patina or cover, but a subject matter like “Carrot Farmers of the North Atlantic.” In these cases, I think it’s totally justified to make one of the fun and crafty items found in Lisa Occhipinti’s “The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life.” In fact, some of these projects just might serve to put these so-so books in the spotlight more than if they were just taking up room on a bookshelf. What do you guys think? Is it OK to turn a book into a craft project?