housingworksbookstore:

"I’m just excited to be a part of it. I’ve never seen a film like Wild where the woman ends up with no man, no money, no family, no opportunity, but she still has a happy ending.”
—Reese Witherspoon on playing an “unsympathetic” female lead in Wild at How Wild Saved a ‘Lost’ Reese Witherspoon — Vulture

Mixed feelings about this book, but love this message. 

housingworksbookstore:

"I’m just excited to be a part of it. I’ve never seen a film like Wild where the woman ends up with no man, no money, no family, no opportunity, but she still has a happy ending.”

—Reese Witherspoon on playing an “unsympathetic” female lead in Wild at How Wild Saved a ‘Lost’ Reese Witherspoon — Vulture

Mixed feelings about this book, but love this message. 

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Facebook and Twitter Limit Political Debate

Lots of interesting stuff in here about controversial online discussions. Intuitively makes sense, but nice to see people examining who’s contributing to these kinds of conversations. I’d be interested in seeing a macro look at widely shared/followed/linked opinion leaders, too.

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It’s been a while since I spent a completely lazy weekend with my family at the shore. If only Stone Harbor was an easier commute from Brooklyn…

It’s been a while since I spent a completely lazy weekend with my family at the shore. If only Stone Harbor was an easier commute from Brooklyn…

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"Storytelling has always been an antidote to the fear of what we don’t know or understand."

Lisa Peet (via millionsmillions)

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The Multimillion Dollar Quest To Brew The Perfect Cup Of Coffee

Yes. Well. It may be pretentious, but the business side of the art of coffee (Blue Bottle, Stumptown, Intelligentsia, Counter Culture) is still pretty intriguing. The comp to craft beers seems reasonable. And I love those little Blue Bottle cartons. 

Life changing innovation at W. 4th St. No more mental anguish second guessing local vs express! (at W 4th Street)

Life changing innovation at W. 4th St. No more mental anguish second guessing local vs express! (at W 4th Street)

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Matthew Thomas reading and discussing the gorgeous, moving WE ARE NOT OURSELVES at my favorite local store. cc @simonbooks @jzlaw  (at BookCourt)

Matthew Thomas reading and discussing the gorgeous, moving WE ARE NOT OURSELVES at my favorite local store. cc @simonbooks @jzlaw (at BookCourt)

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How to Pick a Good Summer Read - The New Yorker

Loving the New Yorker’s advice on good summer reads, although I knew it was tongue in cheek because the author referred to a lobster broil, casting the sincerity of the entire piece in doubt

Appropriate settings include weddings, engagement parties, trips abroad, East Coast boarding schools, clambakes, lobster broils, and other crustacean-centric eating parties, where even the anorexic characters can have fun. Inappropriate settings: rent-controlled apartments, Denny’s, highway underpasses. 

I want to be able to understand the novel half-drunk on rosé. 

And a few more helpful guidelines: 

  • Descriptions of clavicles in white linen dresses: YES.
  • Cancer: NO.
  • Sicily: YES.
  • Reno, Nevada: NO.
  • Joints passed among Wasps: YES.
  • Meth smoked by weird uncles: NO.
  • Dirty martinis: YES.
  • A character named Dirty Martini: NO.
  • A ranch in Montana:
  • If it’s a second home, YES
  • If it’s not, NO. NO. NO.

File under: funny because it’s kind of true. (I’m looking at you, Seating Arrangements. And is that a not-very-thinly-veiled dig at The Flamethrowers?)

A Memoir Is Not a Status Update - The New Yorker

An insight on the modern  memoirist, from Dani Shapiro. 

I worry that we’re confusing the small, sorry details—the ones that we post and read every day—for the work of memoir itself. I can’t tell you how many times people have thanked me for “sharing my story,” as if the books I’ve written are not chiseled and honed out of the hard and unforgiving material of a life but, rather, have been dashed off, as if a status update, a response to the question at the top of every Facebook feed: “What’s on your mind?” I haven’t shared my story, I want to tell them. I haven’t unburdened myself, or softly and earnestly confessed. Quite the opposite. In order to write a memoir, I’ve sat still inside the swirling vortex of my own complicated history like a piece of old driftwood, battered by the sea. I’ve waited—sometimes patiently, sometimes in despair—for the story under pressure of concealment to reveal itself to me. I’ve been doing this work long enough to know that our feelings—that vast range of fear, joy, grief, sorrow, rage, you name it—are incoherent in the immediacy of the moment. It is only with distance that we are able to turn our powers of observation on ourselves, thus fashioning stories in which we are characters. There is no immediate gratification in this. No great digital crowd is “liking” what we do. We don’t experience the Pavlovian, addictive click and response of posting something that momentarily relieves the pressure inside of us, then being showered with emoticons. The gratification we memoirists do experience is infinitely deeper and more bittersweet. It is the complicated, abiding pleasure, to paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, of finding the universal thread that connects us to the rest of humanity, and, by doing so, turns our small, personal sorrows and individual tragedies into art.

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Weirdly fascinated by this NYTimes article Special Sauce for Measuring Food Trends: The Fried Calamari Index. Mildly embarrassed that I like all of these foods. 

Weirdly fascinated by this NYTimes article Special Sauce for Measuring Food Trends: The Fried Calamari Index. Mildly embarrassed that I like all of these foods. 

Good morning. (at Southampton Beach)

Good morning. (at Southampton Beach)

randomhouse:

quirkbooks:

Wise words. You can learn how to make one of these over on the Quirk blog. 

brb making one of these for everyone on my floor.

All day, every day. 

randomhouse:

quirkbooks:

Wise words. You can learn how to make one of these over on the Quirk blog

brb making one of these for everyone on my floor.

All day, every day. 

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creativehouses:

Ritz Carlton, Tianjin, China
Source: Zeng Han Jun

The floor. 

creativehouses:

Ritz Carlton, Tianjin, China

Source: Zeng Han Jun

The floor. 

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5 guys and a baby. Congrats Tony and Becky! (at St Mary’s Church)

5 guys and a baby. Congrats Tony and Becky! (at St Mary’s Church)

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