- In non-Internet related things I like, this weather is at the top of my list. Two weeks of heat advisories have given way to milder (i.e. 90 degree) days with mornings just begging to be enjoyed on my sun porch with some iced coffee and Billie Holiday. Who am I to deny these mornings?
- In food related things I like, this gilt article about cooking without recipes has given me a new found confidence in the kitchen. As has reading Jenny Rosenstrach’s lovely cookbook “Dinner, A Love Story”. This week I attempted to make strawberry jam and though it turned out more like strawberry syrup you can’t really go wrong combining strawberries and sugar- amiright? More successful was Peas and Thank You’s Thai Zucchini Impasta Salad, the dressing of which has been making it’s way onto everything i’ve eaten in the past few days. (Gilt article via Kat White)
- In space related things I like, scientists are working to figure out the best way for astronauts to eat a diverse array of food while on the long mission to Mars. (I can’t think about humans going to Mars for too long because it makes my head explode.)
- And finally, in random internet things I like there is Texts from Jane Eyre which is, well, exactly what is sounds like and a beautiful video about a man who makes custom wooden canoes.
- So the UN passed an act last week that declared internet access a Human Right. IS this a sign of the times OR WHAT?
- God forbid I post a McSweeney’s article…but what the hell…here I go. Jesse Eisenberg with “Bream Gives Me Hiccups: Restaurant Reviews From a Privileged Nine-Year Old.”
- Hello? Is anyone laughing with me here? I present to you the funniest political protest signs EVER.
- I am really into this tumblr lately: people submit photos of others reading on New York’s Subway system. Love.
- FINALLY. A list of the 10 best TV spots directed by Wes Anderson.
- As mentioned on this blog before, I am intrigued by riots of any kind (political, social, ect.). Here is an account of what it is like to be on the other side of a riot (i.e. not actually doing the rioting). (via The Guardian)
- This Lyyke Li cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs” makes me have all kinds of positive feelings
- I am so excited to see Beasts of the Southern Wild when it comes out. Here are some great interviews about the films stars
- My summer reading list is growing way too long but I couldn’t resist adding The Age of Miracles to it. Doesn’t it sound amazing?
- Have y’all watched “The Newsroom” yet? Katie and I are devoted Aaron Sorkin fans and have been emailing each other every last article on the subject for months. The pilot is free on YouTube (after that you’ll have to find a friend willing to let you borrow their HBO…) and the opening scene is just amazing. Sorkin’s first series “Sports Night” is on Netflix and definitely worth a viewing as well. You should trust me on this, my spiritual gift is recommending tv shows.
- Speaking of summer tv, if the heat has fried all your brain cells and you can’t seem to do anything but lie on your couch, may I recommend “Pretty Little Liars” (also a recent Netflix addition!) It’s terrible, yes. But Grantland recaps it so it’s got to have some cultural cache. Just trust me, okay?
- Lena Dunham writes a tribute to her friend and mentor, Nora Ephron in The New Yorker. “You can’t possibly meet someone right now. When I met Nick, I was already totally notorious.”
- Emily and I LOVE Emma Stone. We just cannot get enough. (via Vulture)
- A list of note, in which Nora Ephron details what she won’t and will miss in life. (via Lists of Note)
- Can we talk about the trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Anna Karenina? Mind=blown. (via Slate)
- I love Lana Del Ray (Emily is not a fan). Check out her new music video for “National Anthem,” in which she plays the Jackie O to A$AP Rocky’s JFK. Sold.
- You want to know what I like this week? I like that at 12:15 tomorrow I will be on spring break and fully intend to spend next week wearing loungewear and making extravagant breakfasts.
- SCIENCE! (PS this is what my roommate yells every time I run a hot pan under water and steam comes up- also, yes I know that you aren’t supposed to do that)
- Speaking of science, this video encapsulates most of the thoughts I have about why space is awesome and we should talk about it more.
- In case you weren’t aware, it’s spring. Let’s pretend we live in DC and get drinks with Sam Seaborn after work and talk about cherry blossoms.
- File this Flickr set under: Get out of my head!
- Check out these haunting pictures of girls with their American Girl dolls, and then read about what your doll said about you. Katie and I both had Kirsten.
- Here’s what I like: the fact that I’m an ADULT. I just ate italian ice and a baguette for dinner. TAKE THAT, WORLD.
- Wes Anderson made an ad for some sort of smartphone. Who cares what kind; this is awesome.
- YEP….still excited about HBO’s premiere of Girls. If you want to know what my life looks like, then watch this trailer.
- And speaking of trailers, can we talk about Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of On The Road? I’m a little skeptical about casting Kristen Stewart…but maybe she’s just insane enough for that role.
- “This is sad! O little book! A day will come in truth when someone over your page will say, ‘The hand that wrote it is no more.’” Here are some complaints penned in the margins of medieval manuscripts by monks.
- As for the weekend….THIS is all you need to concern yourself with. May the odds be ever in your favor.
- 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!
- Today it was 65 degrees in beautiful St. Louis and let me tell you spring weather makes me feel like a new person! I’m almost as happy as an owl getting a head massage. (Via Molly)
- Things I should have said to Connie Britton (aka Tami Taylor) when she came into my coffee shop. I would like to add “Can I borrow your aviators?”
- This photo makes me feel very calm, which is a pretty big feat considering I ate A LOT of Valentine’s candy before my night class and am currently focusing all my energy on not dancing to the Justin Timberlake song that’s playing in a loop in my head.
- Oh hey, I’m a part of Kinfolk and most of the time I just smoke my pipe and eat beautiful meals outdoors and my life is AMAZING.
- This article on the language of marriage is old but I just love it.
- President Obama sings “Sweet Home Chicago,” much to this crowd’s enjoyment. (via Paste)
- So my dear friend Heather recently helped start this blog called Useful Broads. She’s incredibly badass. Check out the most recent post, which addresses how every proper lady should know how to write a letter.
- As someone who never really “got” “Sex and the City,” I’m so excited for HBO’s NEW series about young ladies in NYC, titled “Girls.” (via AV Club)
- A poem for girls who read, by Mark Grist. (via Brain Pickings)
- “The Art of Distraction,” A recent OpEd from the New York Times.
- There are just certain things that I see and think “this has to be a Friday link.” This is one of those things.
- People are forever telling my mom that she looks just like Meryl Streep, I can only hope that means good things for my own aging. (Also, let’s be honest, Colin Firth is the real star here)
- Turns out Word with Friends is basically a dating app. True story, I once had a crush on a guy but found out he was an awful Words with Friends player and it was sort of a deal breaker.
- This article gives a great perspective on the wedding industry and what it’s done to our thinking. “To look at a single day as “belonging” to you, and to look at wedding essentials as party planning, ignores the truth of what a wedding is: a blessing, a sending forth, a promise to hold the life and hopes of two people in the community, the family, that they love.”
- Pretty sure the pairings box from Turntable Kitchen would help make my life a little more “Kinfolk-esque”
- If you are one of my friends going to True/False in a couple weeks, here is a handy youtube playlist of a bunch of the trailers for the films. I just watched them all and I’m filling up with anticipation!
- Downton Abbey’s neighbors (via McSweeney’s). I’m dying…but really.
- Emily told me that the aesthetic of this music video reminds her of me. Hint: Its grey, bleak, and angsty. May I present the video for Taylor Swift’s ‘Safe and Sound‘ featuring The Civil Wars.
- “I’m Not Okay with Chris Brown Performing at the Grammys and I’m Not Sure Why You Are.” Right on. (via HelloGiggles)
- 20 years ago, 28,000 bath toys fell off a ship in the Pacific Ocean. Here’s what happened.
- 40 Things that happen to you as a single adult in church. Pure brilliance from Jon Acuff.
- An incredible story about JFK’s mistress Mimi Alford. (via The Washington Post)
- Looks like i’m in charge while City Kate adjusts to her new big girl job schedule. She told me that I was allowed to publicly embarrass her for her lack of Friday links but I think the fact that last week she posted a video featuring Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens and that her most recent Spotify playlist includes club remixes of popular music as well as Alanis Morrisette and The Cranberries really speak for themselves.
- Moving on, here are two space stories. One is awesome and one makes me REALLY anxious.
- What a cute way to document your family travels!
- Things to worry about: a letter from F. Scott Fitzgerald to his daughter Scottie (which, incidentally is a great girl’s name)
- We should all enjoy our jobs as much as this guy
- True tales of time travel- Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes shook hands with Presidents John Quincy Adams and Kennedy! History is cool!
- A scorecard for single people in the church. Some of this is just too true, especially “married friends try to live vicariously through you, asking questions like, “What did you do this weekend? Road trip? I bet you went on some crazy cool, singles road trip, right?”