Colorful, portable, affordable.

SO SO SO ATTRACTIVE.  i must leave work immediately to begin procuring…


Just two weeks until Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style

Here’s Pinker’s full explanation on punctuation inside quotations: “The rule in American publications … is that when quoted material appears at the end of a phrase or sentence, the closing quotation mark goes outside the comma or period, like this,” rather than inside, like this”. The practice is patently illogical: the quotation marks enclose a part of the phrase or sentence, and the comma or period signals the end of that entire phrase or sentence, so putting the comma or period inside the quotation marks is like Superman’s famous wardrobe malfunction of wearing his underwear outside his pants. But long ago some American printer decided that the page looks prettier without all that unsightly white space above and to the left of a naked period or comma, and we have been living with the consequences ever since.”


(via vikingpenguinbooks)


»american psycho« by mimi cabell and jason huff

this book was made by sending the entire text of bret easton ellis’ american psycho between two gmail accounts page by page. we saved the relational ads for each page and added them back into the text as footnotes. in total, we collected over 800 relevant ads for the book. the constellations of footnoted ads throughout these pages retell the story of american psycho in absence of the original text. this retelling reveals gmail’s unpredictable insensitivity to violence, racism, and sex. it serves as a blurry portrait of an algorithm that exists in our everyday communication simultaneously forming a new portrait of the lead character, patrick bateman.

jason huff/mimi cabell nyc 2012

here you can download the pdf for free


Well this is interesting.  

(via someonemightdie)

(via doctorwho)

And as the days began to grow shorter, the air a bit crisper, and the trees a touch more colorful, the boy began to make his annual vacation plans.  

It was not the same as it had been in his younger days, of course.  What with having a job and a so-called ‘grown up’ life, he had a little less time than he might’ve liked.  It was no longer a place he could go for the entire 31 days.  
But the month was inflexible in its length and time was only relative - so 31 days it would be.  He would aim to leave just after midnight on the 1st and only truly return the following 1st.  His friends, companions, co-workers, etc would just have to understand.  

In his bag, he packed books.  Having been building his stack for the year previous, he felt confident in the collection.  They were:

  • "The Creeps", John Connolly
  • "Horrorstör", Grady Hendrix
  • "The Supernatural Enhancements", Edgar Cantero
  • "The Boy Who Drew Monsters", Keith Donohue
  • "Party Games", R. L. Stine
  • "A Good & Happy Child", Justin Evans
  • "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World", Haruki Murakami
  • "The Tale of Raw Head & Bloody Bones", Jack Wolf
  • "Prince Lestat", Anne Rice
  • "People Who Eat Darkness", Richard Lloyd Parry

Perhaps he would not get to all of them.  In fact, that was quite likely.  But he always liked to be prepared.  And although there were still weeks to go, his bag was packed, his tickets purchased.  

And the boy went to sleep that night with a smile as the wind whispered through the window, sending dreams of his destination: The October Country.


Here Lies Love

Autumn, have we talked about how you need to rush this? I can help.  It is so good.

true facts.



before I start, I’m planning a blog post about why you should give a shit about your cooking, so until then read this like I’m *telling* you to do it.


roasted garlic is a totally different flavor and super easy to prepare. the cloves become soft and caramelized to give a sweeter taste. you…


Ditto what Ted said.

I woke up at the moment when the miracle occurred
Heard a song that made some sense out of the world
Everything I lost now has been returned
The most beautiful sound I’d ever heard…

U2, “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)”

I’ll stake a claim that this is one of the best U2 songs written this century.  That chorus is both immensely personal and entirely universal - haven’t we all heard a song that made sense out of the world?  That was, when we first heard it and it changed our world, the most beautiful sound we’d ever heard?  I know I have.  This song makes me think of not that song, but that moment.

I was bored and so I started thinking very seriously about which authors I might be the right ones to tackle over the course of the next however-many years (originally this was only supposed to be a ten year catch up, but I already blew that by adding Prout in 2022).

What do people think?  Seriously - am I missing people? Are some of these authors people I don’t actually have to read?  Should I be reading more dead white men like Anthony Trollope and Herman Melville?  Are there modern-day authors like Joyce Carol Oates who deserve a year?  Speak to me, book-nerds.


Year(s) in Reading

every year for the next ten(?) years, I’m going to dedicate some time over the whole year to reading several works by an Important Author under-represented in my personal reading life on the anniversary of something important in their canon. 

Here are some thoughts (REVISED 9/7/14):

2012: Charles Dickens (200th birthday)

2013: Jane Austen (200 yrs since PRIDE & PREJUDICE)

2014: Haruki Murakami (35 yrs since first novel, 65th birthday)

2015: Virginia Woolf? (100 years since first novel)

2016: Ernest Hemingway??? (90 yrs since first novel)

2017: Toni Morrison???(30 years since BELOVED)

2018: Philip K Dick??? (50 yrs since DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP)

2019: William Faulkner??? (100 yrs since first published)

2020: F. Scott Fitzgerald??? (100 yrs since first novel)

2021: Vladimir Nabokov??? (80 yrs since first English novel)

2022: Proust / Remembrance of Things Past??? (100 years since death)

2023: Evelyn Waugh??? (100 yrs since first published stories)

(via drewsof)