- So a few of my dear friends are in this band called Milano here in Chicago. I adore them, and I think you would too. Their new single “Festival” came out yesterday. Get it HERE.
- An incredible story from The New York Times about how prisoners with dementia are being treated by fellow inmates.
- In honor of True/False this weekend, where Emily and I will be reuniting for what our college town has nicknamed “hipster homecoming,” here is a short documentary that will make your heart melt. May I present “Pickin’ & Trimmin.”
- So I love the blog “Letters of Note,” but the other day I found out that “Lists of Note” is a thing! So far there are lists detailing The 10 Rules of Con Men, the rules for the Anti-Flirt Club, and 10 Rules for Wives. Dying.
- The animated short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” rivals the beginning montage of “Up.” I’m weeping. So whimsical.
- A great little piece on the architecture of happiness from Art House America. “These commonplace cathedrals create space that says, “You are welcome. You are expected. Come and rest.”
- A fascinating article on the importance of biodiversity but I will warn you, it contains terrifying photos of giant bugs.
- This photo series is a beautiful way to give dignity to the elderly.
- Listen to this while this plays in the background. You’re welcome.
- Picked up “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo at the library today (consequently, I had to take a career interest test for class this week and the career I am overwhelmingly most suited for is a librarian…)
Alright we’re headed out! Be back smarter and more well-versed in pressing world issues!
I just finished this book, and now that I’ve stopped crying I figured it was time to post some of my favorite quotes.
…we laughed and laughed, together and separately, out loud and silently, we were determined to ignore whatever needed to be ignored, to build a new world from nothing if nothing in our world could be salvaged, it was one of the best days of my life, a day during which I lived my life and didn’t think about my life at all.
…sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.
When I was a girl, my life was music that was always getting louder. Everything moved me. A dog following a stranger. That made me feel so much. A calendar that showed the wrong month. I could have cried over it. I did. Where the smoke from a chimney ended. How an overturned bottle rested at the edge of a table. I spent my life learning to feel less. Every day I felt less. Is that growing old? Or is it something worse? You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.
I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live…
He promised us that everything would be OK. I was a child, but I knew that everything would not be OK. That did not make my father a liar. It made him my father.
So there I was, checking the Chicago forecast for tomorrow and what do ya know?? 6 (more) inches of snow! Out of excitement and respect for the wonderful time of year that is late January I made a mix inspired by cold toes, the flannel shirt I’m wearing, and the runny nose I’ve had for a month straight. It might even be the saddest mix I’ve ever made….but in a good way. Its on Spotify; get it here.
We know it’s been quiet around here, but we’ve got big plans-promise! You see, there are some best friends who get engaged in the same week, but Katie and I are the kind of best friends who lose their jobs in the same week (and then find new jobs in the same week!) so we’ve been a little busy.
- Speaking of those engaged friends, can I just brag on my pretty friend Meagan? Check out her gorgeous engagement session by the sweet Rylee Hitchner. Can’t wait until everyone get to see the beautiful wedding!
- Totally in love with this beautiful home that was once a chapel! That spiral staircase is too much!
- Holly Burns’ blog was the first blog I ever started following and she’s still just as wonderful. Her 2011 book list is full of great books i’m definitely adding to my growing list for 2012!
- Sorry mama, but I really like this quote by Michelle Obama
- This week’s episode of This American Life is fascinating and raises a lot of hard questions about the true price we pay for our technology
- Parenthood makes me sob on a weekly basis. This piece by Emily Nussbaum for the New Yorker nails those feelings on the head. What a great show. (via Kathryn)
- Long form journalism like this is utterly captivating. Couldn’t stop reading. (via Wired)
- A TED talk about why vulnerability matters. Good stuff.
- The 1973 animated version of “The Giving Tree,” animated by Shell Silverstein himself. I’m crying. (via Brain Pickings)
- And in honor of New Years (one of my favorite holidays mind you) here’s a video of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt sing a duet of a dreamy version of “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” by Nancy Wilson (via HelloGiggles)
- Kid literary characters and their grown up counterparts- file this under: things I get way too excited about (via Brain Pickings)
- Once I got an email from a friend that said “I love that we have lived to see the day when cooking videos have become artistically sound.” I whole-heartedly agree. Watch this one.
- The Washington Post has put out their annual list of what’s in and what’s out for 2012. I consider myself pretty with it when it comes to culture but I don’t know what half of this is. Also quinoa is out and Ryan Gosling?! I demand a recount.
- Color typewriter– this is amazing!
- When I was little I loved Lemony Snicket and his “Series of Unfortunate Events” books so I was delighted to find this tumblr filled with his advice. Check it out, even if you’ve never read the books.
Well, guess you are stuck with me this week! Emily is currently fulfilling bridesmaid duties in beautiful Charleston.
“This transitional time can be bittersweet, but our innate human longing for home is not ungrounded.” This article speaks to the period in life where you realize you no longer have a home, in the transitional sense. Resounded with me, for sure. (via Relevant Magazine)
I want to change the name of this article to “Things that happen on TV shows that I wished happened in real life. Except the bra thing. Women who sleep with bras on are weird.” (via HelloGiggles)
Harris Tweed: The Story of the Greatest Cloth of All. I love a man in tweed, especially the old men based in Scotland who weave the stuff. Extraordinary. (via Brain Pickings)
If you aren’t a 30 Rock fan, then where have you been for the past 5 years??? Here’s a preview for the upcoming 6th season. I suggest you get on this show STAT. Its hilarious, guys.(via Paste)
One of my favorite TED talks ever: J.J. Abrams’ mystery box. I just love that guy.
Ok, now get out of here. Have a good weekend!
Confession time: I am a nerd. A major, major nerd. The kind of nerd who told her best friend that it would “mean a lot to her” if they could watch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy together. I’ve actually uttered the phrase: “It’s not called a comic book! It’s called a graphic novel!” on more than one occasion. I read Harry Potter fan fiction as a kid. I followed “Lost” conspiracy blogs. “Go to Comic-Con” is an item on my bucket list (For real. Are you embarrassed for me yet?). For the longest time I masked this part of myself by trying to find other identifiers by which I could be known. As a kid, I listened to the Backstreet Boys and played sports when all I ever wanted to do is curl up under my covers and read The Last Battle for the fifth time.
Looking back, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. My love for the epic fantasy has brought me more adventures (real and purely in my imagination) than I could have ever thought possible. As a kid, I was an essential character in an epic story. I found myself making decisions according to what Hermione would have done. I desired to be brave, like Eowyn. I was constantly trying to find portals to Narnia. While these could be considered childish sentiments, I’m still drawn to the same characters and stories as an
adult grown-up kid.
Who our heros are reveal who we desire to be. And knowing that is how we become “grown-ups.”
So yep, basically I’m still the 12 year old girl toting around the 3 volume set of Lord of the Rings in her monogramed LL Bean backpack. But I’m OK with that.