Thursday, October 30, 2014

recent reads in three sentences or less // fall

This season is by far the best for reading, I feel not yet resentful towards the chill and finally learned how to make a latte (way overdue!). Here are some quick recommendations for books I have enjoyed recently. 


Bluets by Maggie Nelson (pictured left)

Bluets it is an ode to the color blue and a mourning of lost love all in one. It takes the form of a numbered list, in some grey area between poetry and prose. This book is the kind that changes you, not just the way you see writing but also on a very personal level-- definitely one of my favorites ever. 

“Mostly I have felt myself becoming a servant of sadness. I am still looking for the beauty in that.” 

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (pictured right)

This book was really wonderful, but it took a slow first half before I felt invested in the characters. Still, it is beautifully written, and balances intellectual with entertaining. It speaks to a human sense of isolation which extends beyond what divides us superficially.  I thought it was well-written and enjoyable

“I have finally concluded, maybe that's what life is about: there's a lot of despair, but also the odd moment of beauty, where time is no longer the same. It's as if those strains of music created a sort of interlude in time, something suspended, an elsewhere that had come to us, an always within never. Yes, that's it, an always within never.” 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

two biopics

movie doodles

Frida (2002) is about the life and times of artist Frida Kahlo, especially her relationship with fellow artist and husband Diego Rivera. It is a stunning movie; there is so much to this incredibly charismatic and bold woman. Oh & the colors! They were wonderful and the setting makes me want to travel to Mexico with a passion. Frida also incorporated Kahlo's paintings in an interesting and informative way as they played with animation throughout the film. If you have an interest in Frida Kahlo and her paintings, this movie really explores the development of her signature style.

Kill Your Darlings (2013) is an exciting romp through the origins of the Beat Generation. If you have ever felt "generational-ess" and wander through decades this movie is probably for you. It made great eye candy, especially if you love shots of an older New York City and, uhhh, sweaters. It was very quotable, but my only complaint would be sometimes you could just feel how hard they were trying to make a certain event into a "moment." Kill Your Darlings is often pretentious but enjoyably so.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

scenes from quebec

This past summer we went to Quebec City. I said a few meager words in klutzy French, ate at least one croissant every day, had my first experience with poutine and did all sorts of almost Frenchy things without actually being in France. It's definitely mostly catered towards tourists but has its charms. 

1 // random religious window front near the water
2 // Montmorency Falls
3 // poor unsuspecting florist
4 // views of the Chateau
5 // street lantern with pretty window frames

Sunday, October 5, 2014

the walk home + plasma dolphin

hi nuggets
a little sneak peek of a thing that is in the most recent edition of plasma dolphin, which you should go read because it is wonderful and fantastic. here is the full version. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

the summer archives: mela

"Mela" by Barry Spacks

Mela, mela, how it pleases,

Greek for "honey"--word so small

you can write it in the cold hard sand

in the time between two waves.

I hope you still remember how summer tasted.