Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Smorgasbord of Inspiration.

(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 on the subject of Disney Princesses: Tiana, the first black Disney princess.
Controversy abounds, but personally I think the 1920s New Orleans setting + pre-Pixar animation + voodoo is interesting and brilliant.

And on the subject of music:
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground, listen to both Jack White's version and Chris Thile's version.
Charging Fort Wagoner, Glory soundtrack. It will make you go that extra mile...or twelve.
Endless Shovel, Rogue Wave. On constant repeat.
Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Damn this album's good.

On the one hand, enough with the archaic booklists: reading should be freeing and personal and adventurous and enjoyable.
On the other hand, can you imagine going through school and not reading To Kill A Mockingbird!?! Eeeps.

“If skills sold, truth be told, I’d probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli.”
- Jay-Z