(a) Time is flying. Casey Callahan will be acting in an EMHS production of The Crucible! (I always knew she was a witch...)
(b)/(c) "Not the stuff of poetry, but of prose." I've read every Jackie Kennedy biography there is, so I've always had a morbid fascination with the lore of the Kennedy family - but getting legislation to move on issues like health care and immigration is truly heroic and makes me proud of the Democratic Party.
(d) JANE JACOBS: queen of urban planning and my new hero thanks to The Life and Death of Great American Cities.
(e) Garance Dore image. I wanna move to Holland and ride bikes.
"You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference."
– Steve Jobs
Forgot how breathtaking these songs can be. And timely:
...and it reminded me of a period of time where I would watch this Jimmy Eat World music video every single morning on VH1 before heading to high school and think to myself: that is what love will be like.
August is almost over, thus ending my favorite part of the year for reading.
Books I read this summer, or am determined to get through by the end of the week:
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Interpreter of Maladies.
The Right Stuff.
The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
Chronicles, Volume 1.
The Joy Luck Club.
My Life in France.
The Time Traveler's Wife.
A Confederacy of Dunces.
Flannery O'Connor short story collection.
The Optimist's Daughter.
And, in more bookworm news...
Books converted to movies.
As a book lover, I've learned to view the two as separate entities. So while my sister gets upset about what was left out or misrepresented in the latest Harry Potter movie (like she does with every Harry Potter movie...), I can enjoy both by keeping them completely apart from each other.
Instead, I think the hardest part for me is the reality that people will see the movie and never experience the book I so loved.
...that my youngest sister will miss out on the overwhelming experience of devouring every page of a Harry Potter book.
...that people watch the Sex and the City movie and think that could possibly represent what seven entire seasons of character development and groundbreaking subject matter were all about.
Two of my all-time favorite, favorite books (Veronika Decides to Die and The Lovely Bones) are being made into movies.
And the trailers are, of course, not at all how I pictured the stories in my head.
I'm still excited. I mean, The Lovely Bones is directed by Peter Jackson and Veronika Decides to Die has Sarah Michelle Geller in it (...and even though she's so not Veronika, I always secretly root for Buffy to succeed).
I guess I'm just begging everyone: please go read these books before you see the movie.
So I just had a conversation with a good friend about going to see a movie alone.
In a brand new town where she doesn't know too many people yet (give her time and I assure you she'll have zillions of new friends), she went by herself to see Julie & Julia (such a perfect movie!) and found it oddly liberating.
Having done this myself twice before, I was in total agreement.
Actually, I really like doing things by myself.
Especially errands, reading in coffee shops, museums, clothes shopping, sight seeing, zoning out and listening to music on the metro, running...
I think part of it is getting to do exactly what I want, when I want to do it.
And the other part is...I'm a pretty good companion to myself.
I still consider myself a "people person."
I really am happy when around other people, especially friends and family.
And I fully realize enjoying being alone is contingent upon the luxury of not having to be.
It's just that in a perfect world, I would spend 50% of my time alone and 50% of my time with other people. Maybe even 60, 40.
When I achieve that balance, I feel like I can sincerely give my best in both worlds.
It's funny, because I've always been like this...
I distinctly remember loving sleepovers, but always calling my mom at like 9 in the morning to come pick me up while my friends slept-in: I just spent the entire night with you, there's no way I'm spending the entire day with you too!
And college was a shock at first, because suddenly I was surrounded by people 24/7 and didn't quite know how to deal yet.
But now I'm at the lovely point where I've just sort of embraced it as an essential part of who I am. It comes with age.
"There was a lot of halting and waiting, little acknowledgement, little affirmation, but sometimes all it takes is a wink or a nod from some unexpected place to vary the tedium of a baffling existence."
Lives in a building that used to be a hotel. His apartment still has that exact feel: copycat curtains and bedding, prints of watercolor paintings in cheap gold frames, floral wallpaper, bathroom by the door...