November 18th, 2011

What I’m reading…

Just thought I’d check in and let you know what I’m reading these days. I’ve been neglectful on here and thought, heck, let’s get back to the books.

My lovely friend Kate chose The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. I’m so excited to read. I bought a copy a few years ago while browsing at The Strand, read a few chapters, but never completed. I’ve been interested in urban spaces and planning since college (I wrote my senior thesis on public housing) and I think this will be fantastic. It’s our book club’s first non-fiction pick, which should be fun, too.

I was at McNally Jackson in Soho earlier this week for a presentation and browsed their staff picks section (they always have great staff picks that are unqiue and out of the ordinary). I picked up a copy of Fantastic Women, a collection of short stories by contemporary women writers including Miranda July, Lydia Davis, Aimee Bender, and Karen Russell to just name a few. The subtitle is fantastic - 18 tales of the Surreal and Sublime. I’ve just read thei first 3 stories, but I love already. For short story lovers, this is heaven.

November 15th, 2011
Duh.
crazypiggyhk:

little bookworm
by jenzet on etsy

Duh.

crazypiggyhk:

little bookworm

by jenzet on etsy

(via booklover)

November 9th, 2011

Yelping with Cormac

A friend showed this to my boyfriend, knowing that he would love. Because 1) he loves Yelp and 2) he love Cormac McCarthy. In full confession, I have yet to read a Cormac McCarthy novel (shame). But I at least know his style and so can glean some humor from this blog. Check out the latest post from Yelping with Cormac:

Jamba Juice

Financial District - San Francisco, CA

Cormac M. | Author | Lost in the chaparral, NM

Three stars.

I’ll have another, he said.

The clerk wiped down the counter and would not look at him. We’re not supposed to give customers more than three guarana boosts, he said.

I aint askin.

The clerk poured another shot of what looked to be hog lagoon effluent and pushed the glass across the counter.

The man took the brimming glass with a calloused hand and stared into the murk and staring back were wolf eyes golden and immutable. He tossed the shot back. As if in consuming the vision he could consume the memory as well. The scar sickled across his face throbbing.

October 21st, 2011

Punctuation Jewelry

I saw these today on one of my favorite flash sale sites fab.com and immediately coveted. Quotation earrings, question mark rings, and other cute things! Love.

And how cute is this?! A happy face ring…

WORD bookstore is the bestest

And they are profiled in the nytimes today!

"Any bookstore can sell you a book. But if you’re looking for a bookstore where you can find a date who shares your literary tastes, see a magic show, join a basketball league or have a cartoonist scrawl a tattoo on you with a permanent marker, the field narrows a bit.

Specifically, it narrows to WORD, a cheerful shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that not only stocks books but strives to create a community of people who love them.”

Read more HERE

October 6th, 2011

"Isaacson’s Steve Jobs has been a bestseller on Amazon.com from the day it became available for preorder. In a preview of what’s to come, his essay describes the day Jobs pitched him the idea for the book:

In the early summer of 2004, I got a phone call from him. He had been scattershot friendly to me over the years, with occasional bursts of intensity, especially when he was launching a new product that he wanted on the cover of Time or featured on CNN, places where I’d worked. But now that I was no longer at either of those places, I hadn’t heard from him much. We talked a bit about the Aspen Institute, which I had recently joined, and I invited him to speak at our summer campus in Colorado. He’d be happy to come, he said, but not to be onstage. He wanted, instead, to take a walk so we could talk.

That seemed a bit odd. I didn’t yet know that taking a long walk was his preferred way to have a serious conversation. It turned out that he wanted me to write a biography of him. I had recently published one on Benjamin Franklin and was writing one about Albert Einstein, and my initial reaction was to wonder, half jokingly, whether he saw himself as the natural successor in that sequence. Because I assumed that he was still in the middle of an oscillating career that had many more ups and downs left, I demurred. Not now, I said. Maybe in a decade or two, when you retire.

But I later realized that he had called me just before he was going to be operated on for cancer for the first time. As I watched him battle that disease, with an awesome intensity combined with an astonishing emotional romanticism, I came to find him deeply compelling, and I realized how much his personality was ingrained in the products he created. His passions, demons, desires, artistry, devilry and obsession for control were integrally connected to his approach to business, so I decided to try to write his tale as a case study in creativity.”

Whole article available online later today at Time.com. Issue with book excerpt hits stands Friday.

You know you want to read it…

On-sale October 24th.

October 4th, 2011
scribnerbooks:

Simple, but effective.

scribnerbooks:

Simple, but effective.

October 3rd, 2011

Inspection Grade A+

Anyone familiar with the new health code inspection guide for NYC restaurants knows this sign. Well, sort of….

When I first saw this I thought “Three Lives & Co has a restaurant?!” and then I was like….wait…an A+? Who gets an A+!? Do they do that?

But really it was a different kind of Inspection Grade…

Clever and cute.

September 29th, 2011

I’m so excited - if you haven’t heard, Marcel the Shell is going to be a picture book. YESSSS!!!! I was lucky enough to get to get an early look at a recent trade show. It is so freaking adorable (just like the original video). If you aren’t one of the 11 million people who have seen the video already do yourself a favor and watch it above. And then go get the picture book on November 1st. YAY!