A few literary links I thought you guys might like...
The satirical short story "Breadman" by J. Robert Lennon. I enjoyed it so much that I read it twice.
A fascinating infographic showing how old writers were when they published their most famous work.
Also, celebrating authors who made their debut over age 35.
15 gorgeous Little Free Libraries. (Do you have Little Free Libraries where you live? I adore them.)
A beautiful video and heartfelt reading of the poem "Shirt" by Robert Pinsky.
Hope you're having a nice weekend! (Photo above from Christmas day at Lake Whatcom.)
I've never given passwords much thought other than the typical, "Ok, how do I make this hard to guess and not hard to forget?" "The Secret Life of Passwords" digs a bit deeper. It's a fascinating read.
"Less was more, smooth was better, and absolute precision essential to the monthly grand illusion. Going to work for Vogue was, in the late nineteen-fifties, not unlike training with the Rockettes." Joan Didion on her early writing career. (Plus a peek at her rejections.)
15 Ways to Write a Novel. Yep, yep, yep. I've done 14 of these. (I've yet to try "The Word Ceiling.")
Did you know you can check out a ukulele from the library in Chicago and Portland, Maine? Pretty cool.
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
The World's Longest Tattoo Chain: temporary tattoos of the text of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. I immediately put my name on the waitlist.
Ez and Kaia's adorable new shop. I'm not surprised their handmade softies sold out so fast!
I thoroughly enjoyed these videos of Bob Mankoff discussing New Yorker cartoons. (And whether or not some of them truly are "ungettable".)
I've been using this KeepCup and it's pretty great.
Two fantastic things I watched recently: Olive Kitteridge and Interstellar. In some ways they are complete opposites — one stays within the confines of a small town and the other hurtles through the universe — but at their core they're both about what it means to be human and how to survive.
To any of you who live in or near Seattle – you should check out the book sale this weekend at Magnuson Park! I went this morning (my haul, above) and was certainly not disappointed. The books are super affordable and most are in great condition. There's more info here if you're interested.
This time of year I wish I could spend all day out in the yard. Especially when there are so many cute and colorful outdoor accessories and furniture! A handful of my favorites: edison string lights / broken waves pillow / acapulco multi lounge chair / hanging planter / stilt sun lounger / pierced ceramic candleholder / cube lanterns / and alldaglig paper napkins.
alice munro on how a story is like a house.
i've never roasted a cauliflower whole, but after seeing this i want to try it.
henry gustave molaison, the man who forgot everything.
and just in case you haven't seen it yet, the trailer for the grand budapest hotel. i can't wait.
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