Jun 02
emilystjohnmandel:

Posted to Twitter just now by a London book blogger: a paragraph of things that I would not miss very much if civilization were to collapse tomorrow, although I’ve mostly enjoyed my time on the Internet and am certain that I’d retain some fond memories of it.

Every day I hope the broken Kensington post office will deliver Emily St. John Mandel’s book to me at last and every day I am disappointed. It’s really just as well because I’m still finishing up this work project. Soon, though, the project will be over and I will be much more focused on my own book, and I will finally be able to read Station Eleven, which, along with Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account, is something I’ve been looking forward to rewarding myself with for a long time now.

emilystjohnmandel:

Posted to Twitter just now by a London book blogger: a paragraph of things that I would not miss very much if civilization were to collapse tomorrow, although I’ve mostly enjoyed my time on the Internet and am certain that I’d retain some fond memories of it.

Every day I hope the broken Kensington post office will deliver Emily St. John Mandel’s book to me at last and every day I am disappointed. It’s really just as well because I’m still finishing up this work project. Soon, though, the project will be over and I will be much more focused on my own book, and I will finally be able to read Station Eleven, which, along with Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account, is something I’ve been looking forward to rewarding myself with for a long time now.

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
Pema Chödrön (via emotional-algebra)
chelseahodson:

Inventory #518: Harper’s Vol. 328, No. 1969, June 2014
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REGARDING DETECTIVE WORK
My fear and my curiosity battled it out, and my curiosity won. It wasn’t much of a contest, honestly. 
—Maud Newton, “America’s Ancestry Craze”
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I’ll be appearing with Maud Newton and Peter von Ziegesar this Friday at India House for the season finale of Cafe Society. More information here. 

I am nearly speechless with delight! Can’t wait for Friday and to hear Chelsea read.
Join us if you’re free—I’m giving away 50 copies.

chelseahodson:

Inventory #518: Harper’s Vol. 328, No. 1969, June 2014

——-

REGARDING DETECTIVE WORK

My fear and my curiosity battled it out, and my curiosity won. It wasn’t much of a contest, honestly. 

—Maud Newton, “America’s Ancestry Craze”

——-

I’ll be appearing with Maud Newton and Peter von Ziegesar this Friday at India House for the season finale of Cafe Society. More information here

I am nearly speechless with delight! Can’t wait for Friday and to hear Chelsea read.

Join us if you’re free—I’m giving away 50 copies.

Jun 01
The alchemy between our genes and our individuality is a mystery we keep trying to solve.
A teeny excerpt from my Harper’s essay, which is on newsstands for the next couple weeks, if you were thinking of picking it up
May 31
gilliananderson1996:

The other day, I had this discussion with a friend where we attempted to identify the most truly definitive 90s pattern in the world. What we came up with (WHITE DAISIES) is deftly presented to you here by Ms. Anderson, looking pleased as punch.
I almost wish the Duchov wasn’t in the shot, smugly distracting us from this classic casual poly-blend button-up. But then again, his plaid shirt has a zipper in place of buttons so we may as well give him a free pass, forever.

Was desperately wishing the other day that I still had these daisy earrings I bought in 1992! 

gilliananderson1996:

The other day, I had this discussion with a friend where we attempted to identify the most truly definitive 90s pattern in the world. What we came up with (WHITE DAISIES) is deftly presented to you here by Ms. Anderson, looking pleased as punch.

I almost wish the Duchov wasn’t in the shot, smugly distracting us from this classic casual poly-blend button-up. But then again, his plaid shirt has a zipper in place of buttons so we may as well give him a free pass, forever.

Was desperately wishing the other day that I still had these daisy earrings I bought in 1992! 

May 28
Regram @andreabwalker! I didn’t know for sure that my editor also loved William Maxwell, but I had a feeling. And this bookplate in “Ancestors” from a collector who shares her last name seemed like a good omen. 🌿

Regram @andreabwalker! I didn’t know for sure that my editor also loved William Maxwell, but I had a feeling. And this bookplate in “Ancestors” from a collector who shares her last name seemed like a good omen. 🌿

May 27
I have never truly been in love with anyone who couldn’t write a beautiful letter. By beautiful, I mean spontaneous and true, surprising and passionate. I mean that every word feels as though it was written especially for me and that when I reach the end I read the whole thing again, two or three or five times more, without stopping. I mean that I want to bask in the language, or to bathe in it or eat it or have sex with it, or at the very least to put the envelope under my pillow so that if I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it and I want to make sure my favorite part really is as deep or as intimate or delightful as I thought, I can read it again right away….
Last year I wrote a letter for therumpus' Letters in the Mail. I thought about it a lot while I was holed up writing over the past year, so I decided to post it on my site.
May 24

Three fragrances for people who love "old book smell"

emilygould:

"I don’t like reading ebooks because I just love the way old books smell." If I had a nickel for every time I heard this one, Emily Books would be a lot closer to its goal of eventually publishing all our editions in physical as well as ebook format! Alas, no nickels. But I do have some solutions…

Srsly. I like physical books, but I also read plenty of ebooks, particularly when I’m commuting or need old stuff that’s out-of-print, and ultimately, is reading primarily about the way the pages smell or about the words, the ideas, the stories? 

thebegats:

The Dallas Morning News (whose archives have corroborated family legends of shootings, killings, socialists, and so much more!) runs a partial transcript of my segment from the local NPR affiliate’s Think program about my Harper’s essay on ancestry.

I, too, find it really exciting — finally realizing how we’re all related to one another, finally recognizing that humankind is a brotherhood and sisterhood that can’t be denied.
But there’s a history in the world and even in this country of some pretty terrifying eugenics programs. There were mandatory sterilization laws for “mental defectives,” which was a pretty broad and nebulous category at the beginning of the last century. And, of course, we all know about the Holocaust, which is the ultimate symbol of what can go wrong when this kind of information becomes available and people can classify and categorize and come up with ideas that certain people are less valuable than others.

Here’s the whole hour of the segment, if you’re interested. I also discussed the piece on Wisconsin Public Radio last week.
(Photo of my essay from alexanderchee.)

thebegats:

The Dallas Morning News (whose archives have corroborated family legends of shootings, killings, socialists, and so much more!) runs a partial transcript of my segment from the local NPR affiliate’s Think program about my Harper’s essay on ancestry.

I, too, find it really exciting — finally realizing how we’re all related to one another, finally recognizing that humankind is a brotherhood and sisterhood that can’t be denied.

But there’s a history in the world and even in this country of some pretty terrifying eugenics programs. There were mandatory sterilization laws for “mental defectives,” which was a pretty broad and nebulous category at the beginning of the last century. And, of course, we all know about the Holocaust, which is the ultimate symbol of what can go wrong when this kind of information becomes available and people can classify and categorize and come up with ideas that certain people are less valuable than others.

Here’s the whole hour of the segment, if you’re interested. I also discussed the piece on Wisconsin Public Radio last week.

(Photo of my essay from alexanderchee.)

400facts:

by Stephen Maurice Graham
Print available on my store

Instanostalgia

Source: 400facts

In the world of social media, it can feel bizarre that potent evidence of grieving from one friend is followed so quickly by pictures of oven-fresh cookies from another. But Facebook is generated by algorithms without feelings. It’s not a narrative: The breast cancer went into remission, but the stories of the radiation treatment continue; the lost children remain as photos, woven into the threads of hundreds of lives. The details of everyday life begin to fill in around those threads. The tide brings in status updates; the tide takes them out.
paperalphabet:

libraryjournal:

wordbookstores:

BRB.

Dear Tumblarians, your essential maps for next week’s BEA show. The Javits Center is notoriously food-deprived . A culinary wasteland. Be prepared!

Who is behind this magic.

paperalphabet:

libraryjournal:

wordbookstores:

BRB.

Dear Tumblarians, your essential maps for next week’s BEA show. The Javits Center is notoriously food-deprived . A culinary wasteland. Be prepared!

Who is behind this magic.

May 23
mcnallyperiodicals:

"American prosperity was built on two and a half centuries of slavery, a deep wound that has never been healed or fully atoned for – and that has been deepened by years of discrimination, segregation, and racist housing policies that persist to his day. Until America reckons with the moral debt it has accrued – to generations of black Americans, it will fail to live up to its own ideals."
Go on, Mr. Ta-nehisi Coates, preach. THE CASE FOR REPARATIONS. Go on with your bad self.

mcnallyperiodicals:

"American prosperity was built on two and a half centuries of slavery, a deep wound that has never been healed or fully atoned for – and that has been deepened by years of discrimination, segregation, and racist housing policies that persist to his day. Until America reckons with the moral debt it has accrued – to generations of black Americans, it will fail to live up to its own ideals."

Go on, Mr. Ta-nehisi Coates, preach. THE CASE FOR REPARATIONS. Go on with your bad self.

May 21
myjetpack:

My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now: www.tomgauld.com

myjetpack:

My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now: www.tomgauld.com

thebegats:

A reader sent this photo from LaGuardia just after midnight. My article in the current issue of Harper’s, ”America’s Ancestry Craze,” is on newsstands! On my birthday! I know, so much good fortune, it’s nearly obscene.

I’ll give it a rest after this, although the slideshow continues! 

thebegats:

A reader sent this photo from LaGuardia just after midnight. My article in the current issue of Harper’s, ”America’s Ancestry Craze,” is on newsstands! On my birthday! I know, so much good fortune, it’s nearly obscene.

I’ll give it a rest after this, although the slideshow continues

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